Learning How to Play an Organ

We acquired an organ at an estate sale. It has been very well kept, but about a 40 yrs old Wurleitzer. Does anyone have an easy way to learn to play the organ without spending a small fortune on books or private lessons?


Trina from Washington

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August 30, 20040 found this helpful

Perhaps you could barter with a piano or organ teacher?

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By Laura J. Orr. (Guest Post)
November 30, 20040 found this helpful

Learning how to play is not so hard. If you want to be accomplished at it, you should take lessons. I have 8 years of Conservatory under my belt and it was a long, long haul. I would buy one good book and learn how to read music. Once you do that, you can play anything from sheet music (starting with the easiest ones ofcourse) Then, not only will you know what you are looking at when faced with a keyboard, but you'll be learning a universal language that carries over to all instruments. Training your ear is also a big plus. I can listen to a song, go to the piano and have the gist of it almost immediately. I don't buy sheet music, don't have finances for lessons for the kids. If they have a song that they want to learn, I get them to play it on the computer and then ask them....what do you hear? Just play, practise, listen and enjoy and you will constantly improve. Good luck!

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February 17, 20050 found this helpful

I agree with Laura J.
Learn to "go with your ears". You will soon learn the places of the little black dots and the notes on the keyboard.


Stick with it.....it'll be worth it! x

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By corey (Guest Post)
April 7, 20050 found this helpful

I'm 40 years old and I have desired to play the piano for years and was never able to play because there wasn't one available. please help. everyone is telling me that I am too old to learn. My supervisor gave me an organ and I am determined to learn to play even more.""

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December 1, 20150 found this helpful

40 yr. old is not by any means old. I've always had a hankering to learn the notes and keys and play what I feel in my heart, I compose little songs and even though I do not find the words to sing, they are there speaking there in my heart. Get a keyboard chart to show what keys you are playing and a teaching book with the keys marked on the scales. If you have songs in your head, I'm sure you can hit the right keys to make music. It is a good thing your supervisor was generous to give you a keyboard organ, because the will to learn is a bonus. Check out a music book at the library and go through it page by page while at the keyboard.. Good Luck...Maggie

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By Margaret (Guest Post)
May 17, 20080 found this helpful

The easiest and best way is to label your keys; A through G across the main keyboard. Then get th E-Z piano sheet music(check ebay to buy) and simply follow along the music staffs by stroking the keys in the order listed.


I am in my 40's and have taught myself. What a joy!

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By Jean (Guest Post)
June 28, 20080 found this helpful

A 40 year old is not too old to learn to play. I'm 55. A couple of years ago, I learned how to play the piano. I now play some in front of others. Get a good piano book and practice. With God's help, I learned, and so can anyone else.

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By hammondcrazy (Guest Post)
July 18, 20080 found this helpful

Hello I am a believer in Christ. Now with that said miracles are abundant. How bad do you want to learn? I have this calling to learn the organ to play in church. Perhaps if you have a desire for God's good I feel that the uphill battle will be trivial. I think it is never too late to learn.

I don't get it what makes people feel that it is too late? It is your life and we are all different we all have a calling, and if a desire keeps beckoning you then it is meant to be go for it and do it. Desire if kept and nurtured will see you through no matter how daunting the task may be. God+desire+faith+desire=success. Mike.

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