Thursday, January 20, 2011

Learn To Play Classic Organ Lines With This Week's New Songs

With the ability to create a wide variety of sounds, the organ is very closely related to today's electronic keyboards. Given the organ's versatility, it's no surprise the everyone from guitar gods Led Zeppelin to the masterful harmonica fronted J. Geils Band made room for the organ in some of their biggest hits. This week's new MIDI songs include some of rock's most memorable organ moments, but for even more on organ based songs, tips and videos, check out our article on the organ.

Freeze-Frame - The J. Geils Band
Driven by an incredibly catchy and fun to play organ lines, this upbeat number from 1982 has become a rock radio classic. Though the J. Geils Band was known for their harmonica work, both "Freeze-Frame" and their hit "Centerfold" are prime examples of great rock organ songs.

Thank You - Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin, typically a guitar lover's band, they also know how to write a great organ part. "Thank You" features a wonderful and moving organ accompaniment, as played by bassist John Paul Jones.

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
With this song, you'll get a chance to practice your rock organ soloing over one the greatest riffs in 60s rock. A nice song for beginners, too - the blues progression is easy to learn, but tough to master.

The Phantom of the Opera - Andrew Lloyd Webber
When you write a musical based around the character of a myserious organist, you'd better include some good organ music. Luckily, Andrew Lloyd Webber knew what he was doing - showtunes fans certainly know and love this song already, and organ lovers will quickly add it to their list of favorites.

Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer
Robert Palmer's distinctive blend of bluesy rock, glamorous 80s pop will sound great on your keyboard. Make sure to take a look at the video, too - undoubtedly one of the best of the 80s.

Nature Boy - Nat King Cole
This evocative jazz standard recorded by Nat King Cole, Celine Dion and David Bowie just to name a few, is sure to raise the romance level on your keyboard.

- Doug