HAMMOND ORGAN LESSONS

FOR BEGINNERS, INTERMEDIATE PLAYERS AND THE MORE ADVANCED PLAYERS

BY FRANK MONTIS

 

Frank Montis speelt als geen ander hammond. Hij is een internationaal gerespecteerde uitvoerende muzikant. Daarnaast is hij ook nog eens een uitstekende docent. Wekelijks volg ik met veel plezier zijn lessen. De lessen kennen een duidelijke opbouw en centreren rond groove, ritmiek en timing. De lessen worden steeds een beetje ingewikkelder zodat ik stukje bij beetje mijn vaardigheden kan verbeteren. Naast het aanleren van bepaalde patronen leer ik hoe ik solo’s kan uitbouwen. Frank stuurt me elke week een oefening op notenschrift en een korte film zodat de beheersing van het notenschrift geen absolute must is. De online lessen zijn fantastisch vormgegeven. Naast de lay out van een hammond is frank als docent in beeld en kan hij visueel duidelijk maken hoe ik bepaalde onderdelen kan verbeteren. 

Daarnaast is Frank ook nog eens een uitstekende coach die  ingaat op de mindset van het spelen. Juist door focus en intentie met elkaar in evenwicht te brengen leer ik gaandeweg mijn speelstijl verbeteren. Frank begeleidt dit proces op fantastische wijze.

Ik zou Frank als docent voor eenieder van harte willen aanbevelen, of je nou beginner bent of gevorderde. De lessen van Frank zijn op maat en voor eenieder een verrijking.

Johan Zielstra

The Netherlands

Al jaren had ik de ambitie om echt Hammond te leren spelen. De stijl, de sound, het soleren, improviseren. Niet vanuit piano of keyboard, maar echt op basis van het hammond orgel met al zijn specifieke kenmerken en speelwijze.

De techniek van het hammond orgel bespelen is heel specifiek en waar vind je nu een echt goede docent/coach om je daarin te kunnen bekwamen? Nou, bij Frank en Hammondlessons.com! Techniek, timing, opvatting en stapsgewijs ‘vrij worden’ in je solo’s en improvisaties, dat is waar Frank je vanuit zijn ervaring en eigen stijl in kan begeleiden. ‘Een goede solo is zoveel meer dan alleen maar snel veel noten spelen.’

Met als basis de blues, maar toepasbaar in elke andere stijl: funk, soul, rock, pop, noem maar op.

De lessen zijn heel prettig, duidelijke bladmuziek en video’s om zelf te oefenen, dat maakt het echt uniek. Daarbij is Frank zelf ook een zeer prettig en geduldig persoon die je het vertrouwen geeft om te groeien. Een voorrecht om les te krijgen van zijn niveau. Ik kan in ieder geval jaren vooruit en kan het iedereen aanraden die de liefde voor het Hammond orgel deelt of wil ontdekken!

Hans Nollet

The Netherlands

Frank has been my mentor for several years now, teaching me step by step to learn the Hammond blues language, timing and groove. As a student from the very beginning, I am proud of the way in which he has set up his online Hammond lessons practice and shares his knowledge and skills to an ever-growing group of Hammond players.

Christiaan Verschoor

The Netherlands

I have attempted to take keyboard lessons several times throughout my adolescent and adult life. None of the teaching methods involved would seem to spark my flame and satisfy my impatient soul enough to make me sincerely want to take on the struggle. Frank’s hands-on, fun-first approach – sprinkled with some deeper analysis where appropriate and helpful – really makes the difference. He helps me to help myself become a better player.

Martin Herzog

Germany

Frank has expanded my musical vocabulary of chords, phrases and styles. He helps me understand not only “what” and “how” to play, but also why, when and where to play something.

In addition to being a fantastic player, Frank is a great listener, and a very patient, encouraging teacher. He has a wealth of knowledge – from the “back catalogue” of historical and present Hammond greats, to general music theory and composition, to modern multimedia technology. Most importantly, he methodically imparts his knowledge without overwhelming the student.

The value Frank delivers far exceeds the cost of his lessons. I highly recommend anyone who wants to progress in their musical journey to get in touch with Frank immediately. This is a golden opportunity!”

John Radul

Canada

Frank is truly a master of the Hammond organ and the blues, I have been playing organ for years but I am now beginning to use the organ as a whole orchestra thanks to Franks great lessons

Nasser Bouzida

United Kingdom

I found Frank through some of his videos online, most memorably his tribute to Ray Charles. I enjoyed his playing style and was pleasantrly surprised when he started offering lessons.I was initially anxious about taking Hammond lessons because I had never played organ before and thought I’d be too much of a beginner. Frank is…..awesome! He put me at ease and I look forward to our lessons and time together which are fun and his patience with this beginner keep me relaxed. I’ve seen a great improvement in my playing and I find his step-by-step approach really helpful as I can see progress and perhaps more importantly,  I become more and more relaxed when playing Hammond.
I highly recommend him – Just get started!

Edward Kerslake

United States

I started playing Piano at a very early age and I have been a working Musician for over 20 years. I always loved the sound of Hammond and always did my best to recreate it with varying degrees of success! Almost immediately after starting lessons with Frank I had those ‘lightbulb’ moments when I said out loud ‘ah that’s how they do that!’

Frank is a great teacher, a genuine Hammond specialist that is true to the style and traditions of his heroes such as Smith and McGriff and an overall nice guy too! He has a patient teaching style and has created a series of bespoke exercises/tunes with real tangible and practical outcomes. 

I really look forward to my lessons and despite being crazy busy with my own teaching business I make a point to schedule a lesson as it not only progresses my Hammond playing but it is an hour of ‘escapism’ from my busy schedule! Taking lessons with Frank at HammondLessons.com has been the best decision I have made during lockdown!

Glen Lewis

Musician and Music School Owner
United Kingdom

New student from Germany! 🇩🇪 #hammondlessons #frankmontis ...

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Had my second lesson with @frank_montis this morning and now I have too much to practice… HA! Frank is a great teacher and I’m super thankful for technology that allows me study with such an amazing musician half way across the world. Time to get to work… #hammondorgan #lessons #newskills #keepitfresh #fun #blues #funk #jams #climbtheladder
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I give you my oldest student who decided to want to learn how to play the Hammond organ at the age of 87! Very inspiring! From Texas, USA. 🇺🇸
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New student from Italy. The Italian way.🤣 🇮🇹
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New student today! 🇵🇸 #hammondlessons ...

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New student 🇨🇦

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I've explained before but I thought it would be nice to show you all how I built my custom Frankenstein organ in OBS for my online lessons.

So, I play a Hammond Sk Pro, with a lower manual that I still had from the Mojo 61 (which is powered by a device called MJU made by Crumar). The SK Pro goes through a Leslie 142N. Everything else you see in my screen are pictures and overlays or screen captures.

#hammondorgan #hammondlessons #obs #zoomlessons #musiclessons #pianotutorial #hammondblues #blues #hammondskpro #perianrug #obs #frankmontis #organblues #jazzorgan #keyboardist #pianoplayer #sennheiser #sm7b #slowblues #slowbluesing #universalaudio #apollo8 #lefthandbass #streamdeck #multiaction
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New student 🇫🇷 #hammondlessons ...

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I'm still kind of new to the tutorial making and I'm still trying to find my way, but that won't stop me from trying.
My students often ask me about the voicings that I use when playing a blues so I decided to show some of them in a video.

Check out the whole video on my YT channel, link is in my bio.

#hammondorgan #hammondtutorial #pianoplayer #pianotutorial #keyboardtutorial #hammondlessons #blues #jazzorgan #lefthandbass #frankmontis #keyboardplayer #hammondplayer #pianoplayers
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Thought Jaco Pastorius' version of "The Chicken" would be a nice one to play like this and it's always nice to groove along with a beat that I created with #toontrack 's #superiordrummer (the hiphop expansion) and some groove elements by #spectrasonics #stylusrmx .

Hammond is recorded again in a small space on low volume not to bother my nieghbors with a condenser mic (#tlm103) at the back (right above the middle) and a #sennheisermd421 inside on low input gain just for a bit of stereo image.

#hammondgrooves #hammondorgan #hammondskpro #obs #hammondb3x #jacopastorius #thechicken #funkygroove #keyboardist #keyboardplayer #funky #funkymusic #organfunk #jazzmusic #blues #soul #swing #groove #instamusic
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New student!

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New student !

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New Student !

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Teaching today! #hammondlessons #hammondorgan ...

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So, the Hammond Sk Pro.

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I always tell my students to practice slow to learn how to groove. I sometimes create a groove in Logic to practice playing slow , to make me aware of my timing and phrasing. I can do this all day long.. 🙂

The drums are from #superiordrummer , bass is from the SKPRO and the groove elements from #spectrasonicsstylusrmx #spectrasonics.

The organ is recorded on low volume with 1 condenser mic right behind the leslie in the middle and one sennheiser 421 inside, turned away from the rotor.

#hammond #hammondorgan #hammondskpro #leslie142n #hammondorganlessons #hammondlessons #practicegroove #funkygroove #slowfunk
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I always so my online teaching on a digital organ. The Hammond SK Pro in this case and it sounds fine, but I always miss my leslie, BUT I have neighbors and I have to mind the volume. I decided to give it a try on low volume with 2 mics (a neumann TLM-103 and a Sennheiser MD 421 II) and so far I'm liking it. I do have to find a new stool because it squeeks 🐭every now and then and you can hear the stomping of my feet😁. Other than that it works pretty well, so from now on my lessons will sort of sound like this.

#hammondorgan #hammondskpro #hammondlessons #hammondlessonsonline
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Lockdown #5, back to teaching only...

Let's make the best of a lousy situation, again.

Check out www.hammondlessons.com for more info when interested!

#hammondlessons @hammondlessons
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Creating a new tutorial video for my youtube channel about 3 basic jazz/blues comping left hand bass lines for my favourite Blues in F. ...

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