I made the flippant comment that we should have trained organists coming out of our ears. Today I got to speak to some people after Mass who play the piano. Now, there’s a certain culture where piano playing is like tying your shoes – you’ve got to be able to do it – not necessarily concert level, but at least being able to play something. There are lots of people who can play the piano.

We have the basic skills, we have the need, but we just need that extra bridge to do the last bit.

Here are some links about Music:

  • Vatican II Hymnal including free downloads of their organ accompaniments. They’ll even send out a transposition for you via email on request!
  • Nova Organi Harmonia 8 volumes of Gregorian chant accompaniments
  • Small Church Music an organist from WA who records hymn accompaniments and posts them online. He also has free sheet music for the Public Domain ones.
  • We have a copy of The Living Parish Hymnbook Accompaniment Edition (Low Setting) in our parish organ stool. Although it contravenes copyright (it was published in 1965) I have scanned it in and printed copies. I am sorely tempted to upload it here saying I don’t know who to ask for permission, but knowing some of the copyright holders of the contents, that would not be entirely honest. I’ll type up the contents that I know to be Public Domain and maybe find permission for the copyright pieces piece by piece. Work has started in the PDFs page.
  • The Hymnal of St Pius X an Australian hymnbook from 1952 edited by Percy Jones, musical legend from Melbourne. I have also scanned in this one and printed copies.
  • The Westminster Hymnal by Sir Richard R Terry, choirmaster of Westminster Cathedral. Available in print in my Books page
  • A Treasury of Catholic Song by Fr Sidney Hurlbut, from Maryland, USA. Also available in print in my Books page

And here are some links about learning to play the organ: