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BachMeer:
Hi all

Can anyone help me with this? Would be grateful!

Thanks
BachMeer

David Pinnegar:
Hi!

No doubt other members will have other suggestions - but keep an eye out for masterclasses organised by Nigel Allcoat

Best wishes

David P

Jonathan Lane:
There are two approaches, one is to sit down and 'free up' by just playing, trying to get out of the Associated Board harmony approach.  The other is to use a number of books; the hardest but best (and most expensive) is the Cours Complet d'Improvisation a l'Orgue.  There is an excellent book, which is much easier, by Gerre Hancock, ex of St Thomas, Fifth Avenue. Its called Improvising: How to Master the Art.  They can be found at the OHS and Amazon respectively at: http://www.ohscatalog.org/maducocoinor.html & http://www.amazon.co.uk/Improvising-How-Master-Gerre-Hancock/dp/0193858819

Above all, enjoy!

Jonathan

BachMeer:
Hi guys

Thanks for this - can yourselves (or anyone else!) advise on extemporisation from the last verse of the offertory hymn? I'm after some pointers on that.
I'm after learning more about the technique where after the last chord of the last verse, all notes are let go of apart from the root notes and then these notes are played in unison and it goes down the scale by four or five notes until the extemporisation begins.
Can anyone help on this?

many thanks

David Pinnegar:
Hi!

I have tried to encourage Nigel to join the forum to share his enthusiasms and contact you directly - but if he doesn't, go to his Facebook page and contact him from there. He's a master of masters . . .

Best wishes

David P

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