1. Understanding Organ Shoes

    For most organ players, it’s not surprising that there is a complete line of specialized clothing and gear just for playing the organ. But newer players, and those only passingly familiar with the pipe organ, are often surprised to find that there is a shoe designed solely for playing the organ. But what are these special shoes and how are they different from regular shoes? Read on to find out m…Read More

  2. Settling In: The Perfect Church Organ Seat

    There’s a lot that goes into playing a church organ. There are one or more keyboards to manage, a series of stops to survey, and pedals to push. On top of all of this, you also have to keep in mind how you are seated at the organ. Yes, as a church organ player, you wouldn’t want something as simple as sitting to be easy would you? Fortunately, Whitesel Church Organs is here to help. We want ev…Read More

  3. The Band Organ

    When we think of an amusement park, we conjure up visions of roller coasters that roar by, of carnival games along the fairway, and of near limitless amounts of cotton candy. These things are all classic parts of the amusement park experience. But early parks had one element that parks today often don’t have, organ music! Yes, early amusement parks had the melodious sounds of an organ to provide…Read More

  4. Anatomy Of The Pipe Organ

    When we think anatomy, we often think of high school textbooks showing cross-sections of stomachs, and skeletons. But like humans, every organ is unique in how they look and behave. Despite these difference, like humans, they share the same parts to create that unique look and sound. Whitesel Organ Churches is ready to teach you the anatomy of the pipe organ. Read on to find out more! Anatomy 101 …Read More

  5. What Does it Mean to “Pull Out All The Stops?”

    It’s a phrase we’ve all heard at one point. It might have been during the height of a dramatic movie, or a sports commentator after a stellar play on the field. “They’ve really pulled out all the stops.” But if you play the pipe organ, this phrase has a very different meaning. Join Whitesel Church Organs as we explore the history of this phrase, and how it’s used in the common parlance…Read More

  6. Pipe Organ Maintenance

    How does your church’s pipe organ look? It’s only natural that pipes gather dust over time, but it’s important to keep them as clean as possible over time to prevent any sound distortion as you play. As dust accumulates, it can get in the way of the sound waves vibrating the surfaces they are supposed to. As a general note, you shouldn’t need to clean your pipe organ except for once every …Read More

  7. 10 Famous Classical Composers to Know

    While classical music today isn’t as popular as it was in the 17th century, many people still learn about famous composers and their works as they go through school. Even after school, though, some people develop a lifelong love and appreciation of these old works. If you play the church organ, perhaps you have even played a few famous pieces yourself! Today, we would like to share a bit about s…Read More

  8. Temperature and Pipe Organ – Part 2

    In case you missed our last blog post, we discussed the importance of a regulated and balanced temperature in your pipe organ room. While it might be strange to think that the temperature of a room can alter the entire pitch of a massive instrument, it can! We are here to help you know what to do when it comes to organ tuning and how to best prepare for the tuner to arrive. You can always call Whi…Read More

  9. Temperature and Pipe Organ – Part 1

    While you might not the think the conditions of your church are affecting how well your pipe organ plays and stays in tune, they really do! It’s important to keep the organ’s needs in mind when it comes to maintenance and care. Stability should be a prime consideration for anyone who runs a church with an organ inside. Your organist depends heavily on their instrument behaving predictably so t…Read More

  10. Mastering Pedal Technique with Pedal Scales

    If you are an organist, it’s likely that you understand how important it is to be able to play pedal scales. Since they can help you to enhance your ankle’s flexibility and control, pedal scales are a great way to sharpen your technique and focus less on the pedals when playing and more on the overall performance. However, there are quite a few organists who choose not to put these pedal scale…Read More