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Why don't organs have weighted keys?

The main point of weighted keys are that they give more feel for the dynamic response of a piano-like instrument. Specifically, weighted keys make it so that gentle playing only results in gentle velo,...
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Why don't organs have weighted keys?

A so-called "tracker action" organ keyboard, where there is a direct mechanical connection between the key and the valve that lets air into the pipes to play the notes, has a very distinctive feel ...
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Why don't organs have weighted keys?

A piano doesn't have weighted keys to "feel premium", but because the hammer is part of how the piano works. The hammer isn't part of how an organ works, so it doesn't have weighted keys. the ...
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What does a long arrow pointing up and down mean in an organ score?

It indicates which staves the registration instruction apply to. But in fact your particular example seems confusing, because it indicates different stops for the two manual staves, even though the ...
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Which accidental continues through the bar?

If you make the assumption that the voices don't cross, and that the accidentals apply to the voices individually, things seem to fall into place. In the second half of bar 59, if the lower voice is ...
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Why do some organs have multiple keyboards?

So you can play two, or three, or four different sounds at the same time. Like a split-keyboard on a synthesizer. Note that many professional keyboard players have several keyboards on stage that ...
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Which accidental continues through the bar?

Here's the argument for bar 59's altered unison's soprano being G natural (and thus alto G flat). In the whole piece, voices never cross. At least not more than a semitone in cases like these, so it ...
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What is the point of notes lower than human hearing

We hear with our ears, but other body parts are susceptible to vibrations. The percussionist/drummer Evelyn Glennie is profoundly deaf, and apparently uses her bare feet to detect vibrations - which ...
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Cents vs semi-tones on guitar

For instance on one guitar A = 442 and on the other A = 467, will they sound okay together? There will be a beat frequency of about 25 Hz between them, which would be annoying to most ears. So ...
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How do tonewheel organs sound coherent?

Firstly, I'm not able to comment but you must have made a mistake in writing out all the notes you think you would be getting. Taking a C minor triad C Eb G, you will have: The corresponding notes an ...
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Slurred half circle symbol

The "c" is a "slide", which would be played as F# G# A (starting on the beat). That would then be followed by the mordent, so the whole ornament would be F# G# A G# A played (approximately) as four ...
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What is the reason for the many manuals on a pipe organ?

In addition to what everyone else said, having more manuals making it easier for the organist to change sounds quickly but, also, each manual is called a division and all the pipes for that manual are ...
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Numbers at the start of hymn

They represent the number of syllables that fit to the lines of the tune. Thus, any hymns with the same series of numbers can be sung to any other (with the same numbers). And vice versa.
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Is there a noticeable difference in sound quality between a mechanical pipe organ and an electronic one?

To make an electronic organ sound like a conventional pipe organ, the most important component is the sound reproduction itself. Even on your tiny one-manual ten-stop instrument, a full 8-note chord ...
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How to deal with the extreme reverberation in big cathedrals when playing the pipe organs?

Organists are one of the very few groups of musicians who have to learn not to listen to what they are playing, because (except for situations where a detached playing console is in the middle of the ...
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How can I determine which chord to play?

It has to be said. Find a teacher! Yes, even at your tender years. After all the experience you say you have, an awful lot of what you think you don't know is probably in there, hiding, at the moment. ...
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Why don't we see jazz music played on the church organ?

There is so much jazz music written for pipe organ it'll make your head spin. (Just last month I played a nice toccata on O when the saints for my congregation.) In general, at least some ...
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Cents vs semi-tones on guitar

Cents and Hertz are two different scales. Hz increase exponentially between notes, while cents are a linear compression of the same increase. You can't convert cents to Hz. There are 100 cents ...
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Could the organ I’m selling be a fire hazard?

(This answer is written from the perspective of general knowledge of electronic equipment and is not specific to electronic organs.) Historically, vacuum-tube electronics could more readily start ...
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Strange Ornamental Symbol on Bach Piece

That's just a trill, tr. Different engravers over the years have given the symbol various different forms, and that is one in which the "r" is perhaps less obviously an "r," at least to modern eyes.
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What is the point of notes lower than human hearing

If you listen to hyperbass flute recordings on Youtube, its sound has clearly higher harmonics that can be heard, and the keys have strong percussive sound. It is also possible that the fundamental ...
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Nomenclature for pipe organ keyboard compass

This is something you'd find on older organs (i.e. mainly baroque and older) called a "short octave". However, instead of leaving out the black keys, they left out the lowest keys altogether ...
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Digital home organ bass resonance

Your basic problem is that you have a sound source in one corner of what looks like a box-shaped room. That in itself will boost the sound output at low frequencies, by reflecting the sound coming ...
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Clef for the organ pedals

Use the regular clef. The lowest written note is C two leger lines below the staff. The highest on a modern instruments is G three lines above the staff, but on older instruments the pedals may stop ...
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What do shorter-than-thirty-two-note MIDI pedalboards bar you from playing?

One octave keyboards make smooth voice leading impossible. Sure, you can play any chord, but if you want to go from F to Dm, you can't just move the high C up to a D because you don't have that key. ...
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When combining a mechanical and digital manual into a single organ, how would you handle the difference in delay?

The best way to do this would be to make the delay from the electronic keyboard controllable so the player can choose whether to have a delay and if so, how much.
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