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The Organists' Manual: Technical Studies and Selected Compositions for the Organ Hardcover – 12 Feb 1986

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (12 Feb. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393954617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393954616
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 662,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sturdy, well made, clear presentation and music very easy to read; a useful adjunct to personal tuition. Only had it a couple of weeks but using exercises has increased self discipline in practice but it is quite heavy to take to lessons. Fingering recommendations for early music may not be in line with current thinking.
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An honest description of the manual with the binding of the book a bit worn but in no way does this affect what's inside i.e. the music and I'm thoroughly enjoying this manual using it nearly everyday! Thank you
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excellent book very informative and plenty of pieces and exercises to learn and practise this came on tiem and was well packeaged thank you
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
The best for beginners, but... 15 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Davis's "Organists Manual" is THE method for beginning organists. It contains repertoire at graded levels of difficulty that can be used all throughout the organist's career, and technical exercises that help with problems contained in the book's repertoire. However, organists who want to advance their technique will probably need to buy another method with more technical exercises--especially pedal exercises.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great Treatise 21 July 2000
By Kittisak Poolsawat - Published on Amazon.com
I study the organ with Dr.Susan Marchant (Pittsburg State University), who suggested me to afford one for my personal collection. This book is a fine treatise for organists, it's "a must" for any organist to have one. The book had been complied so well and contains a lot of techniques to help you improving your skills precisely. Believe me, it's so worth it.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Everything a Teacher or Student Could Want 19 Sept. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
My teacher uses this book faithfully for organ instruction and after using it in lessons I can see why: it contains basic exercises for warming up and achieving finger coordination and dexterity. It also contains some of the best organ pieces that a person of any experience can play to increase his or her technique. A must have for teachers and students.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Davis vs. Gleason 23 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I have studied organ at the undergraduate and graduate levels at several music universities. I hold a BS in music education and a graduate certificate in church music. The organist's manual by Davis is, in my opinion, far superior to the Gleason Method. All technical exercises and selection of repertoire is more interesting. I understand the organ much better after using the Davis book. I own all of the Gleason methods, but I find myself using and playing from the Davis book more. I congratulate Mr. Davis on this fabulous instruction manual. Will there be a second edition??? I hope so.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Well-rounded introduction to organ 25 Feb. 2006
By Lyndon Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
This book was suggested to me by a fellow organist, who recommended it highly. I was an accomplished pianist looking to begin studying some basics of organ playing, and I was not disappointed. Davis' book offers a very basic approach to learning to play the organ, from attack and release, to pedal excercises, and over 100 graded classical compositions. Most valuable to me, however, is the long section on phrasing and articulation and the appendix on the organ itself and hymn-playing.

The only complaint I had was that it was very similar to the method of organ playing by Gleason. This book would be perfectly complimented by a competent teacher and Nilson's excellent pedal excercises.
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