Roger E. Davis, The Organist's Manual: Technical Studies and Selected Compositions for the Organ
Scholarly and user-friendly, this method has much to offer the beginner and the experienced professional. Included are sections on manual technique, pedal technique, interpretation, and useful appendices: hymn playing, a well-illustrated and clearly-written description of the organ, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading. Exercises and examples are practical, interesting, and drawn from established organ literature. Extensive and very helpful sections address principles of fingering and ornamentation. Sixty-six compositions are progressively arranged according to difficulty in a superb anthology by 42 composers representing a broad variety of styles and periods. Registration suggestions are provided for each work. A thoughtful selection of hymn tunes for study completes this highly recommended and versatile book. Hardbound, 209 pages.