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Thread: Folk songs that sound good on the pump organ

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    ppp Pianississmo John S's Avatar
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    Folk songs that sound good on the pump organ

    My first wife was a wonderful organist and my second wife taught piano. I'm a singer and a hunt and peck hacker that struggles o learn a phrase or two on the keyboard. I'm concentrating on learning slow songs that I can play in folk music circles (most of us are at or near retirement age).

    My list of songs I'm working on so far:

    Desperado
    After the Gold Rush
    Whiter Shade

    What are some easy songs that sound good on the pumper?

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    ff Fortissimo toodles's Avatar
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    I would try "Tenting Tonight", the Civil War-era song. It's pretty slow in tempo.

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    Thanks. I know there is a web site with a lot of public domain sheet music from 1900-1920 I just don't remember the name of it.

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    I just remembered a web site with lots of public domain parlor songs that might be fitting for the Pump Organ it was called Parlorsongs.org but alas they have removed the scores.

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    The Foggy Foggy Dew
    On Top of Old Smokey
    Beautiful Brown Eyes
    Beautiful Dreamer
    Lorena (another civil war song)
    Aura Lee
    Down in the Valley
    Green Fields
    Greensleeves
    Shenandoah
    La Vie En Rose
    The Song From Moulin Rouge
    As Time Goes By
    Green Grow The Lilacs

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucsondave View Post
    The Foggy Foggy Dew
    On Top of Old Smokey
    Beautiful Brown Eyes
    Beautiful Dreamer
    Lorena (another civil war song)
    Aura Lee
    Down in the Valley
    Green Fields
    Greensleeves
    Shenandoah
    La Vie En Rose
    The Song From Moulin Rouge
    As Time Goes By
    Green Grow The Lilacs

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    Thanks. I just remembered:
    Hard Times Come Again No More

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    Yep, pretty much any Stephen Foster song.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John S View Post
    My first wife was a wonderful organist and my second wife taught piano.
    How did you get so lucky, my wife hates music!
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    I like "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" a lot on the pump organ. The old Ada Habershorn hymn version, I mean, not the Carter Family one.

    Speaking of which, I've also snagged a PDF of "Twine Midst the Ringlets", which is supposedly the old parlour ballad that "Wildwood Flower" was based on. Though I haven't learned it yet.

    I think that a great many old-timey 4-part hymns do quite well on the pump organ too, with a little bit of improvisation in the harmony anyway. Old Cokesbury Hymnal sort of stuff.

    And I find that pulling all the fortes and jamming the the knee swell and getting that "accordion sound" makes for some fun polka and mazurka time, if Scandinavian folk music is your thing, too. At least until I get leg cramps from all that pumping, lol.

    I also like the "Ben Hur Chariot Race March" on the pump organ, though mine does not have a wide enough keyboard to play it properly.
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    "When you and I were Young, Maggie"
    "The water is wide"
    "the ninety and nine"
    "Twilight time"

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