Here are some useful tips on playing a Hammond organ in rock music. Watch this free video on music theory.
In this clip, we're going to be talking about the basics of how to play in a group. When you're playing organ by yourself, which, I don't know how many of you actually are or ever have, but you're doing everything together. You're using the pedal boards, like we looked at before to play the bass notes. You're doing all the stuff with your left hand, all the stuff with your right hand. A lot of times, in a band, if you're playing with a real organ, you'll only have one hand to be able to play with because you're changing the draw bars, and you're changing the Leslie speed back and forth, and all that. So, playing an organ in a band, fifty percent of it is getting--just getting the right sound, and getting a good sound, and a sound that fits with the rest of the song. If you want--if you're going to play like a, basically, like a rhythm guitar part, then you have that real low like...You know? And a lot of times, when you're playing organ in a band, it's as simple as holding out the chords. Because, while you're doing that, the drums are going like, "Dak-a-do, do, dat-dow, do-gon-dow, ba-dow." You know? They're just doing all different kinds of stuff. The guitar players soloing all this stuff. And you're just creating this big, nice, tasty bass for everything to play from. So, you know, playing in a group with an organ, most of it's about getting the right sounds. Then, after that, just start with playing the chords. Just play the chords as simply as you can, and the rest of it will start to come to you.