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Berklee Press Introduces the Hammond Organ Complete: Tones, Tunes, and Techniques

Jul 23, 2002

The secret to creating funky sizzles and classic Hammond sounds is mastering the combined use of the drawbars, expression pedal, and the Leslie speaker speed switch. Sound complicated and intimidating? It doesn't have to be.

The Hammond Organ Complete: Tones, Tunes, and Techniques, by Dave Limina, is a hands-on guide that takes students step-by-step through the techniques of playing the drawbar organ, one skill at a time. Anyone can learn to groove with this fun and comprehensive Hammond method.

John Medeski, Hammond B-3 Organist with Medeski, Martin and Wood, calls the book "a fantastic introduction to all aspects of playing the B-3 organ" and "a great launching pad for anyone interested in exploring all aspects of playing the B-3."

Al Kooper, keyboard player and organist (Bob Dylan; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Rolling Stones; Jimi Hendrix), offers his praise for the title. "Ideally, an existing keyboard player who has never made the Hammond B-3 journey and truly wants to, will discover this book." With The Hammond Organ Complete, students learn to:
  • Play gospel, R&B, jazz, blues, funk, and rock with an authentic Hammond feel
  • Improve playing skills with hands-on exercises
  • Achieve special effects used by the great Hammond organists, including unique tips and tricks for all drawbar instruments
  • Learn authentic rock, jazz, blues, and funk comping techniques
  • Understand all the part of the organ and how to use them, including percussion, expression pedal, vibrato, chorus, and the Leslie speaker

About the Author

Dave Limina has been a full-time professional keyboardist for over fifteen years. He has also been an Assistant Professor in the piano department at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. for nearly ten years. During this time, Dave has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe with many artists. Known for his command of many contemporary styles, Dave is a sought-after player in many situations. He has performed with jazz musicians like Ernie Watts and Mark Murphy, blues artists like Mighty Sam McClain, Michelle Willson, Ronnie Earl, Susan Tedeschi, and Duke Robillard, and pop/rock musicians Steve Forbert, Chuck Berry, Brooke Benton, Paula Cole, Al Kooper, and the Courage Brothers. He has played keyboards for the Broadway show Rent and appeared on many recordings as a studio player.

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