One Organist’s DIY Page Turning Solution – Gavin Bateman

About Gavin

Back in September 2018 Gavin contacted us about wanting a suitable page turner pedal for use at the organ. Unfortunately, there was really nothing available off-the-shelf. He was willing to do a bit of soldering and carpentry so I suggested the AirTurn BT200 was a suitable “donor” pedal for his project. Gavin has been busy and this post, written by him, explains the project. Gavin started working life as a BBC Sound Engineer then after 20yrs changed tack to be a music teacher. Now retired early. He has played the organ since he was 11 and got his ABRSM performance diploma in 2013.

25 Sept 2019 – An update to this post has been added at the end…
15th November – Update and new photos – The Mk III pedal added at end…

This is his story…

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Multi-instrumentalist Ralph Hirs on Power Music

One of the things I love about working at Power Music is talking to musicians from all over the world.

Ralph lives in Switzerland and Germany and has been a Power Music user for many years.  He makes use of the Parts feature of Power Music Professional which is one of the lesser known features. Parts lets you store as one song, different instrument scores of a piece of music (eg guitar, bass, drums, keys)  or versions of the music in different keys.

I asked Ralph to write a short piece about his use of Power Music, so here is what Ralph says…

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Bringing Back the Joy of Playing Music

When someone sends you an email saying this, you realise that you are doing something worthwhile:

“I have Power Music up and running and can, once again, see to play my cello. Thank you so much for your patience with talking me through my many queries!
I am thrilled to have found the solution to what was making me very sad.

The above email was from Mary Hall. She had been playing the cello for many years but had to stop playing due to the deterioration of her eyesight making it impossible for her to read paper music scores. Having to stop playing the instrument you love can be very depressing. However Mary was determined to play again and with our help and many hours of concentration she succeeded.

Here’s her story in her own words…

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Custom Built Bluetooth Pedals

It is fascinating the snippets of information you pick up when dealing with a support request for Power Music. One such example was when David Castator contacted us about deactivating some old Power Music installations. This led on to a discussion about other music display software where he casually mentioned that he build his own Bluetooth page turner pedals – interesting I thought!

He then said that he had built a pedal that can control several tablets or PCs from one pedal – VERY interesting!

After further communication with David I asked him to write an article about the pedals he has built. So here it is, in David’s own words.

Any active musician that utilizes a Laptop, tablet, All-in-One and a digital (music) software package understands the need for a foot pedal to turn pages forward and backwards. I have used many of the wired and wireless models on the market. All of which turn sheet music pages forward or backwards on the computer to which they are attached.

My needs began to grow, ie. playing background music, turning to the last song of a play list or to the first song of a playlist etc., etc. As those needs began to increase, the foot pedals on the market did not. You needed to live with page forward or page backward – you could throw a switch manually on the pedal and maybe get it to do one or two mor Read more...

Interview with Jim Diack – Worship leader

For the last 6 years, East Mains Baptist Church in East Kilbride has been using Power Music with their worship band at every service.

We asked the worship leader at East Mains – Jim Diack – for an interview about his experiences with using Power Music over the years.

We hope you find a “real world” user’s comments helpful.

Here’s the interview…

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Guest Blog – Richard Teare – Gospel Bell

Here at Cambron we are always interested to hear from our Power Music users and last year we ran a series of blogs entitled “Musician of the Month” see the Featured Musician page on our website. The musicians included a harpists, two organists, an Austrian party band, a big band conductor and several worship leaders – quite a mix!

I would like to introduce to you another featured musician Richard Teare – here’s his story…

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Marathon organ recital – Kevin Bowyer plays Sorabji’s Second Organ Symphony – lasting 8.5 hours

On February 10th, the University of Iowa Organ Department hosted an amazing feat of organ playing by Kevin Bowyer of Glasgow University. Kevin played the entire Sorabji’s Second Organ Symphony as the inaugural performance on the university’s new Klais organ. Kevin played using Power Music from Cambron Software and said afterwards – “Power Music performed flawlessly throughout, as I knew it would.”

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Testament – Go and Tell

Go and TellOne of our featured musicians, Mike Baldwin, is keen to share his songs with other Power Music users and we have made them available on Power Music Store as a FREE virtual songbook of all the chord charts from his latest album “Go and Tell”.
Get your free songbook here: Power Music Box – Go and Tell

The album is available on Amazon and iTunes.

You can read Mike’s full story in the blog post here: Mike Baldwin
This album features many powerful and thought-provoking lyrics and Mike sent us a very interesting detailed description which deserves a blog post of its own, so here it is!

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David Baroni

Songwriter, musician, artist, producer, worship leader, author and speaker.

David 1David Baroni is a songwriter, musician, artist, producer, worship leader, author and speaker. He has been involved in Christian worship music for 34 years.
As a songwriter for Word Music, Integrity Music and his own ministry, Kingdomsongs Inc., David’s songs have been recorded and performed by Michael W. Smith, Don Moen, Ron Kenoly, Debby Boone, Alvin Slaughter, Selah, Natalie Grant, Morris Chapman, Sheila Walsh, Paul Wilbur, The Imperials, The Mighty Clouds of Joy and many others. His songs have also been featured in several hymnals.

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