Using the Organist Book of Hymns

Finding Hymns.

There are more hymn texts than there are hymn tunes.

Hymns are arranged by the TUNE name in this book.  Use FIND and SEARCH on the program you are using to view the music to find the music for the TUNE of the hymn.

TUNE names are listed with a location (page) number that you would use to find that hymn tune using the FIND or SEARCH window of Acrobat Reader, Preview or the program you use to read PDF files.

Individual pages do not show page numbers since this book is expanding almost daily in alphabetical order - printed books that we issue eventually will have page numbers.  

So how do I find my favorite hymn?  Look at the names on the next page and those that follow it OR using FIND or SEARCH type in enough of the name for the computer to recognize and you will find all instances listed for you to choose from on the page.


There are 10 basic registrations suggested for stops that may be found on most organs, listed as simple markings at the top of the page, such as 1/4.

The stop settings are part of the Playing the Church Organ™ series of books, beginning with Book 1, which can be used with almost any organ.   But you do not need to purchase that book, rather, if you send us the name of the organ and a model number, we may already have a stop list for you on file - for custom built organs (including pipe organs), just email us a spreadsheet with listing the keyboard, stops on that division including their footage.

We will send back a list of stops for you to use, at no charge.

Note that the stop registrations look like this on the left side of the page:  1/4

This indicates on an organ with 10 general pistons, you use piston 4, memory level 1.

On the right side of the page are registrations for organs with only 5 general pistons - so they will use memory level 1 and 2 if you have two memories.

What if you do not have stop registration pistons?  Send us a spreadsheet listing the stops, and we will send you a list to set by han