Hammond Organ Complete: 2nd Edition

Tunes, Tones, and Techniques for Drawbar Keyboards.

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  • Suggested Retail Price: $24.99
  • Format: Book with Online Audio
  • Pages: 136
  • Dimensions: 9x12
  • Audio Tracks: 99
  • ISBN: 9780876391976
  • SKU: 00237801
  • Publication Date: October 15, 2019

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The second edition features expanded offerings for gospel/ jazz/funk styles, foot pedal bass drills and techniques, three-part arrangements, and much more.

Audio is accessed online using the unique code inside the book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.

“Ideally, an existing keyboard player who has never made the Hammond B-3 journey and truly wants to, will discover this book. It’s all laid out here, appropriately and accurately, so that one can surround oneself in the wonderful world of Hammond and come out on top!”

—AL KOOPER, Performing Artist, Keyboardist (Bob Dylan, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix); Producer (The Zombies, Lynyrd Skynyrd)


“A fantastic introduction to all aspects of playing the B-3 organ. Definitely worth checking out. This is a great launching pad for anyone interested in exploring  all  aspects  of  playing  the B-3.”

—JOHN MEDESKI, Hammond B-3 Organist (Medeski, Martin and Wood)


“Dave’s book gives an inside look at sounds, techniques, and playing approaches on the Hammond or any organ. The title says it all: ‘Complete.”‘

—JOEY DEFRANCESCO, Multi-Grammy Nominated Jazz Organist, Inaugural Member of the Hammond Hall of Fame


“Hammond Organ Complete is the first of its kind to break it all down, covering the technical aspects of the organ itself, and giving a history of the different generations of organs built by Hammond, as well as different setups. The musical/ performance aspects of this book cover most every element of playing ‘the beast,’ with detailed step-by-step exercises for all the different techniques and devices that are employed when playing the organ-right down to the bass pedals. Everything is presented in a very clear and concise way that will allow you to work and learn in a very effective n:,anner. As a lifelong student of jazz organ, I am confident that this book will be very helpful and a great resource to any pianist, keyboard player, and of course organist who wishes to further refine their skills.”

—PAT BIANCHI, Internationally Touring, Grammy-Nominated Jazz Organist as a Leader and with Pat Martino, Joey DeFrancesco, and Tim Warfield


“This is a complete Hammond organ book. It discusses the unique nature of the Hammond B-3 in a ‘hands-on’ way while covering many musical styles associated with the B-3.”

—BRUCE KATZ, Hammond B-3 Organist (Bruce Katz Band, Ronnie Earl Band)


“Whether you want to play jazz, blues, rock, or R&B on the B-3, this guide can help you polish your craft. After quickly breezing through the history of Hammond organs and Leslie speakers, Limina dives headfirst into the real purpose of the book: learning to effectively and expressively play music on one of the most powerful and versatile keyboard instruments ever made. Hammond Organ Complete and its accompanying practice recording take an honored position on my bookshelf, and I refer to them often. Kudos to Limina for a job well done.”

—MARK VAIL, Editor, Keyboard magazine; Author of The Hammond Organ: Beauty in the B


“A very detailed and useful book on playing an instrument that’s extremely difficult to teach.”

—LARRY GOLDINGS, Jazz Organist, Pianist, Composer (John Scofield, Michael Brecker, Maceo Parker)


Dave Limina

Dave Limina is a pianist, Hammond organist, and chair of the Piano Department at Berklee College of Music. Dave has…