How to Play a Magnus Electric Chord Organ

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How to Play a Magnus Electric Chord Organ
The Magnus electric chord organ approximates the sound of traditional organs. (organ image by Laima Penekaite from Fotolia.com)

The reed instruments that developed in the 19th century, such as the accordion and the various reed organs, were more accessible to non-players. By the 20th century, companies like Magnus had developed organs that had built-in buttons that would play full chords, greatly simplifying the playing process, as well as electric fans that provided the airflow to produce the sounds. Many vintage Magnus electric chord organs are still around today, and they can be played in a few steps.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Plug the Magnus electric chord organ into a power outlet.

  2. 2

    Press one of the six upper keys to the left of the keyboard to produce the chords: Bb, F, C, G, D and A.

  3. 3

    Press one of the six lower keys to the left of the keyboard to produce the chords: Bb minor, F minor, C minor, G minor, D minor and A minor.

  4. 4

    Press on the keys of the keyboard to produce notes in the same way you would on a piano.

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