Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Lowery organ and Yamaha keyboard

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Thank you for considering this inquiry question. I have a Yamaha keyboard PSR-220. I have possible interest to learn the Lowery organ system, which is quite different from a piano or keyboard instrument. I can't purchase a Lowery organ to do this, so my question is, can I possibly use my 61-key keyboard as a substitute for a Lowery organ?
Thank you for any assistance you can provide in reference to this inquiry.

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Hello Eileen!  The Yamaha keyboard you have is touch sensitive, thus creating a piano-like touch.  Because a piano is considered a percussion instrument, a unique technique is required to play it.  It is all about the attack.  On the other hand, a Lowery has an organ touch.  Unlike the Yamaha, it is not touch sensitive.  This means the technique used to play it is quite different.  Because the attack technique does not apply, the organ technique involves practicing "lift off" which means the techniques between the two instruments are opposite.  Therefore, learning to play an organ on a piano is not a good idea.  Bottom line, if you want to learn to play organ, find a keyboard with an organ touch...or, simply find an organ to practice on.

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