David plays chimes with his feet!
David, age 6-1/2, came to church the Sunday before Easter with Joyce, his grandmother, who sings in the choir. He was curious about everything. During the sermon, he was sitting on his knees on the floor, near the choir.
Just before the final hymn, he appeared to my left, eyes on the pedals! Although he didn’t make a sound, he was watching every move.
After the postlude, he was hanging around, so I asked him if he liked the organ. He started talking, so I asked him if he would like to play it. His eyes lit up. He came over and stood next to the console.
I encouraged him to play different keys while I changed stops, so he could hear a lot of different sounds (high, low, loud, soft, flute, bigger-sounding oboe, etc.) Then he tried the pedals. I put on the oboe stop and sent it to the pedal, where he played a bass note. His immediate reaction was, “Wow! That sounds like a fog horn!” Right on, David!
After that, he moved over to the high end of the keyboard. I showed him how the chimes work. The snapshot Joyce took with her phone shows his priceless facial expression when he played the “bells” with his feet.He’s very smart, and knows a lot about the organ already. He knew what to call the instrument, that the sound comes from the pipes in back and not from the keyboards, that wind blows through the pipes to make the sound, and what pipes look like.
Come back soon, David!
English: Drawings of four types of pipe organ pipes: a, An open diapason; b, a stopped diapason; c, an oboe; and d, a trumpet — c and d being forms of reed-pipes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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