1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Origin of “Amazing Grace”

    When it comes to the church organ and popular hymns, we are sure you have a few favorites that come to mind. However, one of the most popular hymns of all time is “Amazing Grace.” We understand why! This catchy tune perfectly depicts the need of God’s grace to save those of us on earth who have sinned. “Amazing Grace” came about from an unlikely source—a man who openly denounced God at…Read More

  5. Fun Facts About Church Organs

    When it comes to finding a new church organ for your New York church, there is no better team to call than the professionals at Whitesel Church Organs. We are here to help you choose the perfect organ for your church and congregation, as well as help you install it into your sanctuary. When it comes to learning about church organs, however, there are some fun facts that many people don’t know! W…Read More

  6. Understanding Scales Part 2

    Welcome back! In our previous blog, Understanding Scales, we discussed the basic structure of a scale, the intervals between the notes of a scale, as well as what makes a scale major or minor. Today, we would like to talk about a few non-traditional scales, including the harmonic minor, melodic minor, and pentatonic scales. After that, we will share a little bit about transposing a piece. The Harm…Read More

  7. Understanding Scales

    When it comes to playing the church organ successfully, it can take years and years and practice. However, we know that with a lot of determination and passion, you will be able to play incredible organ pieces in no time at all. One of the foundational pieces of understanding music theory is mastery of the scales! While some of you may have a clear understanding of scales and how they pertain to m…Read More

  8. Transitioning from Piano to Church Organ

    Perhaps you’ve been playing piano for years and you are ready to try something new, or maybe your current church organist has left and you feel the need to help. Whatever the reason, you have decided to learn how to play the church organ. Here are a few pieces of advice we at Whitesel Church Organs would like to share with you to make your new learning adventure enjoyable: The Pedals Take time t…Read More