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    Taking Care Of Your Pipe Organ In 2020

    Hello, and welcome back to the Whitesel Church Organs blog page. Today, we’re going to discuss something extremely important to the beginning of this new decade — taking care of your pipe organ. Keep reading for some helpful information! Plan Your Routine Maintenance While pipe organs are incredible, durable instruments, they need to be regularly maintained via tuning and inspection to ensure …Read More

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    One Of Our Most Exciting And Least Know Services

    Thanks for spending some of your time with Whitesel Church Organs, and thanks for coming back to our blog! If you’re a new reader, we keep it simple here by discussing the pipe organ in general, the pipe organ services that we offer, as well as our company and interesting information about it. In today’s blog, we’re going to bring it back to basics by discussing one of the services we offer …Read More

  3. The Revolutionary Organ Builder: Aristide Cavaille-Coll

    Today, we’re focusing our blog on an organ builder who was integral to the development of pipe organs and pipe organ music as we know it today. Aristide Cavaille-Coll has been dubbed as the creator of the symphonic organ, and influenced the music of many incredible pipe organ composers, such as César Franck and Charles-Marie Widor. Destined to Design Cavaille-Coll was born in Montpellier, Franc…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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