Friday, November 5, 2010

Odes To (And From) the Organ

Organs, one of the oldest instruments, have come in many varieties over the years (from the hydraulis to the calliope but they have always been prized for their power and versatility. With the birth of electronic organs, the number of distinct, fascinating and useful organ sounds became larger than ever. With so many great different organ sounds in the world, it's hard for a keyboard player to settle on just one, which makes a keyboard with the ability to call up a large selection of organ sounds look pretty attractive.

Yamaha's latest keyboards all have fantastic organ sounds, and some even include full drawbar control, which allows you to not only get an authentic electric organ sound, but also get the same control you'd have on a vintage analog instrument.

But since the range of sounds organs can make is so vast, Yamaha has also produced additional organ voices to give you even more options and even more realism when you want play with an organ sound. These voices add over 30 new organ sounds and they sound even better on the Tyros4!

Here's Yamaha's own Martin Harris showing one example of the great organ voices that come in the US and Euro Organs Premium Pack.

So what can you play with these organ sounds? In addition to traditional classical pieces, such as Bach's "Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor", organs have been famously used in pop and rock songs, like the ones we've listed below. Each of these songs is available in MIDI format from Yamaha MusicSoft, so that you can learn them, play along and create your own performances, just like we have in the videos below.  And be sure to keep reading to check out even more great organ songs!

Centerfold - J. Geils Band

Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations

Walk of Life - Dire Straits

House of the Rising Sun - The Animals

Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum

Green Onions - Booker T and the MG's

Gimme Some Lovin' - The Spencer Davis Group

Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas

Outa Space - Billy Preston

Hip To Be Square - Huey Lewis and the News

Black Magic Woman - Santana

Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
- Doug