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THE COUGAR GROWL ! ! !


My favorite keyboard technique of Jon Lord's? Probably the "COUGAR GROWL".

It's more than just simple glissando, it's a whole state of attitude wrapped in a burst of less than a second!

A very rapid ascent up the keyboard, followed by an instant U-Turn and a cut back down. So quick it is, that it sounds like one fluid movement. And the way Jon Lord does it with overdrive is simply incredible. The top of the curve (right before the U-turn) is usually punctuated by a stab on the expression pedal, right at the point before he swoops back down. This further accentuates the attack in the cougar growl right at it's height in pitch.

In some instances, he'll even do a rumbling ascent from left to right on the upper manual of the Hammond, followed by a series of rapid "hand over hand" swipes on the lower manual, up at the top two octaves of the organ.

He reminds me a bit of a badger or a wolverine, burrowing in the ground with its front paws, as he does it. Very much a treat to watch, and he is extremely....and I mean EXTREMELY quick!!

I've tried to do it at home, and have either, a) broken keys, b) pulled a muscle in my shoulder, c) cricked my neck, or d) realized that mine sounded either too choppy or slow.

Which adds yet more proof that Jon Lord is truly one of a kind, and can never be fully duplicated....much to my frustration and chargrin emoticon

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Ah you knowoooh your a Living Wreck...
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I love that, too. He can also be heard doing that in Burn.

Dave Greenslade does that as well during the first section of Colosseum´s Valentyne Suite for instance.

It just sounds so like roaring, fire! Brilliant!emoticon
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Twist In The Tale (after the guitar Intro)

Ramshackle Man (after his organ solo)

At the end of WS concert intros,to lead into WITSOTB he did that too.
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on Sun Goes Down (03m47s) Don Airey does it too!

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which reminds me, b3burner, what's the difference between the upper and the lower manual of the hammond organ?

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quote:

difficulttocure wrote:

which reminds me, b3burner, what's the difference between the upper and the lower manual of the hammond organ?


Assuming it's a full sized "console" organ like an A-100, a B3, or C3, nothing, other than the fact that one is spacially higher than the other. The only other exception is that the top manual possesses the percussion feature that houses the "plunk" sound with the organ notes (think intro. to "CIT" ).

They both possess 61 keys and have 2-sets of nine drawbars each to create the chosen gradations in sound.

You could theoretically set the both of them to sound the exact same, or have them set to the same sound but one an octave higher or lower than the other.

Ideally, an organist is trained to play the lower (great) manual with the left hand, and the upper (swell) manual with the right. The idea being that, one plays chords with left, and melodies/solos with right.

Then of course Jimmy Smith came along and changed all that in the context of be bop jazz, and the way the organ is played has never been the same again.

Jon Lord will play conventionally, then switch and play left on top, right on bottom, or both on top, or both on bottom.

Logistically, the bottom manual is closer to ones body, so that makes percussive organ playing easier.

Jerry Corbetta, from the band Sugarloaf, in the song "Green Eyed Lady" played bass with the top manual. That's how he could get the percussive plunk in that bassline. And he had to do so on the top manual.

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That Growl is also used in his Keyboard solo on the Come Hell Or Highwater DVD. Quite Amazing. It looks so incredibly Hard, yet Jon seems to do it with ease. WOW!

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b3burner, thanks for the info! although i play several other instruments (inc. gtr and keyb.), my fav instrument to hear is the Hammond B3/C3 Organ. hopefully i'll own one myself someday...

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quote:

FLIGHTOFTHERAT wrote:

That Growl is also used in his Keyboard solo on the Come Hell Or Highwater DVD. Quite Amazing. It looks so incredibly Hard, yet Jon seems to do it with ease. WOW!


The Cougar Growl on CHOHW DVD is the one that I had in my mind when I started this thread on the forum.

Also, if you watch the intro to "Back at the Chicken Shack" when he played with the Hoochie Coochie Men, the night before The Basement recording, you'll see the same thing. Only there, the mic is close enough to the organ that you can hear the "clack-clack-clack-clack-clack" of the keys hitting each other as he smears down the lower manual from right to left. It's on his Jon Lord in Pictures DVD...it's the overhead shot taken from the right side of the Hammond.


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