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Hammond Sessions – Videos

You were born for church and became an iconic element for progressive rock: we are talking about the legendary Hammond organ!

Everybody has heard a Hammond in their life, since this organ found his way in every genre of music. It’s used in Jazz, Blues, Funk, Soul, Progressive Rock, Pop and Hip Hop. When you go through the record collection of your parents, you will see it plays a crucial role in music. And it’s back!

Even though there are several ways to emulate the classic Hammond (organ) sound, nothing beats the real deal. And together with the unique Leslie Speaker, it’s a combination made in heaven.

In August we hosted a special Facebook Live event about the Hammond at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam. We explored the legendary Hammond B3 with a Leslie, and shared best practice recording techniques.

More info about the session is available here: https://abbeyroadinstitute.nl/blog/hammond-sessions-recording-legendary-instrument/

And the good news is: The recordings of this session are now available on Youtube:

In this special edit you will learn about the history, mechanics, the different sounds (from smooth jazz to rock), how to use the drawbars, the bass pedals and the additional features on the Hammond, the Leslie Speaker, miking and recording techniques, and some creative exploring at the end.

We do this with one of the best Hammond Players in the Netherlands and Music Coach at Abbey Road Institute, Rob Mostert (Rob Mostert Hammond Group, The Preacher Men). Rob recorded an album with the legendary jazz-audio-engineer Rudy van Gelder (Blue Note Records) and is capable of playing the many dimensions of this amazing organ. And for the technical part we have audio engineer and Abbey Road Institute audio lecturer, Anthony Maes, sharing some valuable recording techniques, tips and special insights.

So all we can say is: If you are seriously considering to add some classic organ sound to your music, or if you want to know more about how to record this beast, you have to watch this 3 part series of our Hammond Sessions, recording a legendary instrument.

In part 1, we talk about the history of the Hammond and the mechanics (how does it work). Enjoy!