I am not an organist, although Mighty Amazing Rock-climbing Trombone Organ Lawyer Lady once gave me a crash course in organomics. I can usually fake it by pretending the organ is a piano and flipping on the bass coupler (which is a cheap fix, I know, but what's a girl to do?), but the organ in my current chapel has no bass coupler.
Thus today I attempted to play one of the hymns with the use of the pedals. Of course I made mistakes, but overall it wasn't too bad, as I only used three notes. It did raise some questions for me, however:
1. Are you still supposed to play the bass in the left hand on the manual at the same time you're using the pedals?
2. Do you play every note in the bass, or do you ignore passing tones and neighboring tones and the like?
3. Has anyone invented a way to see your feet without looking down? Like a little video camera or something--that might help...
A quote about the organ stops by Mighty Amazing Rock-climbing Trombone Organ Lawyer Lady (no offense to my bassoon-playing friends): "It's called 'fagotto' for a reason."