Theatre Organ Sound Effects

Theatre Organ Sound Effects


You Hi there folks This is Tom Horton at keyboard skills Pro and welcome to another music tuition video here on a wonderful theatre organ This is the three manual five rank Compton at the Grange Collection in the East of England and we’re here today on an open day on a Sunday and we’re very thrilled to be able to use the organ to record this video and this little video. And, er, has been requested by one of my subscribers to patreon.com which is where if you enjoy the videos here on the channel, you can subscribe & support my video production and this is by a gentleman by the name of Angus and he asked about What about if we wanted to do? theater organ sound effects and as we know the cinema organs were originally used to accompany silent films and so the organs were Blessed with a great collection of built-in sound effects. So at the beginning there, you heard [TRAIN WHISTLE] The train whistle [BIRD WHISTLE] the birds and there was one bigger organ you had fire gongs and car horns and various things So I thought I’d show you on this little organ just a few simple ideas. Obviously. I’ve had to vary this to Accompany, this this is a five ranked organ. But the first one is how would you produce a train? Well a great effect is using some of the built-in sound effects. So of course we do have here a Train whistle or a steamboat whistle as it is on the Compton You see that right here on the two piston Now we’d also use the surf if we had we hadn’t got that on this particular model but we use the the surf to to bring in the effect and also perhaps the the fire gone as well So what we would do is we would take the trends off over here and we’d use all the 16s on the the great or in this case it’s the solo ii manual and what you basically do is you use the palm of your hand to basically Flatten all the white notes and all the black notes. It’s basically like the bottom half an octave right over here So I’m playing C C sharp D E flat all the way up to G is big as my hand and what you basically do is you just Slap the keys And then you’ll hear a sort of a train effect Okay, and what you do is you start by I usually start with the train whistle So let’s say we were going to go into Coronation Scott So we want to do the train before we start it so something like this And the steam trains often didn’t get going straightaway so start with the train slap the keys at the bottom and slowly Make something staccato, then that the first ones were very soft and do a nice long one Put the train whistle in and as it pulls away use your other hand And so on into the coronation Scot so that’s a really nice effect Let’s take a look at the next one the music box. What if you were meeting a music box? Well use the glockenspiel Maybe the crista Glatt if you’ve got that on the theatre Allman and what you do is on the left hand You play with a little thing called an Alberti bass and Alberti bass is a style of playing where we do a broken chord bottom top Middle Top, okay bottom top Middle top and what that you’ll find is in many of the great classical piano works for example And because we’re using a glockenspiel the audience will think you’re using a music box Very nice easy effect using the Alberti broken core base What about a cuckoo? Concert flute maybe and we do g2e trims off Not to be great if you’re combining it with say the the Chinese blog and That could be a fantastic sound for I believe the Tron is block works on here. There we go There you go So that’s how you do a cuckoo so g2e top octave no trends though because of course a cuckoo clock doesn’t have an EVA barato and then using the chinese block of the wood block and Then maybe switch the glockenspiel To do the bells What about a marching band? Well marching bands have bass drum cymbals. So let’s put those on the pedals And on the bottom cable we can do the snare drum We’ve got a snare drum because I don’t think it’s been wired up well, if it let’s use the castanets for a bit of fun and You can do a sort of a marching band effect by going down So that works very nice Let’s finish off with this last of all Tippett of course, this is good If you’re playing a small role and obviously if you’ve got a bigger role when you’ll have much more variety And let’s try it some bagpipes. So I’m gonna use the Vox I’m going to use the got a clarinet which is a synthetic clarinet on this or on an ax and the the trumpet Let’s go for a D and an A down the bottom again No tremulous and what you do is you play DNA together and that gives you the drone And what I want you to do is every soft it’s just clip the f-sharp G-sharp, I beg your pardon just below the a like this You give our little dissidents Produces quite an effective effective bagpipe town now again, were you not using the tremulous because we don’t want those And if you have a say an oboe and a canoe or chroma cranks that even works even better and then you play something like Highland Cathedral Now we use dirty we use the the base strong Let’s put that on the on the pedal and we’ll just tap a pedal. No stops. Just the base So, there we go, so tapping the bass pedal on each each sort of Bar and that gives you that kind of that very somber kind of tone So hope you enjoy that’s some great effects there. And why would you need those well, Sometimes musical effects in songs or medleys, maybe some of you have always dreamt about accompanying sonic films That’s one thing I do in my work. I play piano and organ to accompany solid films and That is great fun. So if you sometimes haven’t got all the sound effects that you need you can make use of the Stops on the organ to produce those thanks ever so much for watching this video folks This is part of a big series of videos on my channel And if you’ve enjoyed it, please do hit the subscribe button share the videos around To the different forums or Facebook maybe and if you’d like to comment on the videos Please do so in the description if you really enjoy the videos and would like me to help me produce more or these kind of videos because I have to obviously travel to a venue and Use cameras and software and so it all takes time and money Please do consider becoming a patron of mine on patreon comm where for just starting for one dollar a month You can help me produce even more videos. So I’ll so many thanks for listening and we’ll see you soon here on keyboard suits bro You

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