Secrets Of Organ Playing Podcast

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Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast and #AskVidasAndAusra.Conversations about all things organ playing. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene talk with experts from the organ world - concert and church organists, improvisers, educators, composers, organ builders, musicologists and other people who help shape the future of our profession.

Episodes

  • SOPP636: I still feel like I am a slow learner, but I know how to pull apart a new piece and start making it work

    SOPP636: I still feel like I am a slow learner, but I know how to pull apart a new piece and start making it work

    10/02/2021 Duration: 09min

    This question was sent by Steven, and he writes: “Hi Vidas. Organ playing is going okay, thank you for asking. These days I am making more time for practice, which is key. I still feel like I am a slow learner, but I know how to pull apart a new piece and start making it work. Pedal work continues to improve, with the biggest aspect I'm noticing is my accuracy. The right foot position (like keeping toes touching the "black" pedals) seems to be super helpful. I have a teacher, and we have lessons every other week for one hour. I typically work up a couple hymns out of the ELW, sometimes an introduction or related piece with those hymns. Then I have several other pieces in various states of progress.”

  • SOPP634: Once the pandemic hit hard, I decided it was time to get an organ for my house so I could practice whenever it would be convenient for me

    SOPP634: Once the pandemic hit hard, I decided it was time to get an organ for my house so I could practice whenever it would be convenient for me

    03/02/2021 Duration: 15min

    This question was sent by Andrew, and he writes: “I just wanted to say thank you for your "Mastering" series on YouTube. I am a percussionist turned organist, and every time I'm struggling to learn a new piece, it really helps to watch your videos. Even though I'm not learning the same music as you, the same principles of practicing apply, and I learn so much better when I remind myself to take things in small parts in repetition. You are doing a wonderful job of producing great content to help people like me. Right now, I'm working on "In dulci jubilo" by JM Bach, "Nun danket" by Karg-Elert, and "I Love Thee, My Lord" by Shearing, as well as some other long term Franck pieces that will be taking me a while to finish learning. The most challenging thing for me in playing organ is developing my kinesthetic sense between hands and feet, so I don't have to look away from the music and lose my place. I'm not a keyboard player by training, so I'm trying to take things slowly and learn from my mistakes as the

  • SOPP641: How do you decide on a tempo for these preludes and fugues?

    SOPP641: How do you decide on a tempo for these preludes and fugues?

    03/02/2021 Duration: 20min

    This question was sent by John, and he writes, Dear Ausra, thanks so much for this superb recital! Sorry I couldn't join it live, I've been very busy traveling and catching up with family, Covid restrictions are returning in Australia so I am cherishing every moment with family. Well done on the Bach, it sounded great, your articulation was so clear! How do you decide on a tempo for these Prelude & Fugues, do we have any historical indications or is it more based on how it sounds in the acoustic you play in? And please thank Vidas from me for his lovely contributions also! I am so lucky to know you both as friends and my teacher, you are so inspirational! Happy New Year to you and your family! Please stay safe and well! Take care, John

  • SOPP632: Is there a reason for avoiding parallel 5ths?

    SOPP632: Is there a reason for avoiding parallel 5ths?

    27/01/2021 Duration: 11min

    This question was sent by Diana, and she wants to know: “Is there a reason for avoiding parallel 5ths?”

  • SOPP639: Do you have a secret to playing melody in the left hand and harmonies in RH?

    SOPP639: Do you have a secret to playing melody in the left hand and harmonies in RH?

    20/01/2021 Duration: 11min

    This question was sent by Sally, and she writes, "Do you have a secret to playing melody in the left hand and harmonies in RH?  I have a hard time with that. My brain doesn’t want to allow LH to take the melody, at least not for long."

  • SOPP637: My goal for this coming year is a 30 minute lunchtime recital on 8 October 2021

    SOPP637: My goal for this coming year is a 30 minute lunchtime recital on 8 October 2021

    11/01/2021 Duration: 15min

    This question was sent by Rosemary, and she writes, Hello Vidas Firstly can I thank you for the wonderfully informative emails you have sent during the last week, To date I have found them very helpful and thought provoking.  A good beginning to the information I need to develop my study for the next 12 months. In reply to your first question. My goal for this coming year is a 30 minute lunchtime recital on 8 October 2021. My practice situation is a small instrument, one manual with a full pedal board and 5 stops in our local church  (country town). The recital is on an instrument 8 times this size in a provincial city 45 km away. Aug 2019 I was included in the programme and played an all Bach programme  (BWV 554, BWV 555,  BWV 604, BWV 536 and BWV 570 )  I lacked confidence and found it a rather tough experience and have resolved to better the experience. Important aspects to address. Developing a plan for the year's study.  Developing the programme. (Bach again as his musi

  • SOPP630: If in a church there is a need for an organist, and the only two keyboardists are a professional concert pianist and a mediocre/intermediate organist, who would be better to play the organ?

    SOPP630: If in a church there is a need for an organist, and the only two keyboardists are a professional concert pianist and a mediocre/intermediate organist, who would be better to play the organ?

    11/01/2021 Duration: 12min

    This question was sent by Andrei, and he writes: “Hi Vidas and Ausra! I have a question for you: If in a church there is a need for an organist, and the only two keyboardists are a professional concert pianist and a mediocre/intermediate organist, who do you think would be better to play on the organ?”

  • SOPP628: At 72 years of age my goal is to play some of Bachs organ music with musicality and appropriate style

    SOPP628: At 72 years of age my goal is to play some of Bach's organ music with musicality and appropriate style

    06/01/2021 Duration: 15min

    This question was sent by Stephen, and he writes: “At 72 years of age my goal is to play some of Bach's organ music with musicality and appropriate style...i.e. registration ...trills ..phrasing. I have explored the "Little preludes and Fugues"  using Soderlund's book on authentic technique for that period.   To be able to continue to practice.  (I own an Viscount Digital Organ with appropriate AGO standards. I also studied formally with an organist for 2 years) To be able to improve my pedal technique. I have used your Pedal Mastery Course to help in that regard. I purchased it when you first offered it to us.  I would like to know other sources of exercises that might help in improving. To be able to memorize even at my age....I find that practicing the organ and piano HELP keep my mind sharp ...Excellent therapy... Stephen”

  • SOPP635: Do you have a course that goes in order from kind of the beginning?

    SOPP635: Do you have a course that goes in order from kind of the beginning?

    16/12/2020 Duration: 11min

    This question was sent by Scott, and he writes, Hi Vidas. I'm new to organ playing and came across your site. Do you have a course that goes in order from kind of the beginning? I'm an intermediate piano player who doesn't read well yet. I also don't have pedals nor multiple manuals right now. Just using a midi controller with organ presets. Can a membership on your site help me where I'm at now with organ?

  • SOPP633: I printed the paper pedal board that you made available on your website!

    SOPP633: I printed the paper pedal board that you made available on your website!

    16/12/2020 Duration: 11min

    This question was sent by André, and he writes, Hello dear Vidas, I received the statement from Patreon about your support. I am extremely honored and grateful for your help, which means a lot to me. First, because I’ve been following your channel for many years, long before you started using Hauptwerk. In fact, many years ago you recorded a video about possible works to study with only a manual, which was a starting point for me in the organ. And finally, I printed the paper pedal board that you made available on your website! Anyway, receiving your support means a lot because you have always been a person who inspired me! Here in Brazil things are scarce in relation to the practice of the organ, but I was never discouraged, I was always positive. And now with Hauptwerk, and with my future equipment, I will be able to study this instrument that I love so much more! Thank you very much, affectionately, André Barbosa

  • SOPP626: I am very interested in developing my sight reading abilities to a high level, where I could just grab any composition and play it at tempo

    SOPP626: I am very interested in developing my sight reading abilities to a high level, where I could just grab any composition and play it at tempo

    16/12/2020 Duration: 11min

    This question was sent by Mario, and he writes: “Hello Vidas, my name is Mario I am a 25 year old musician from Panamá. My dream is to become Panamá's first organist, we have two pipe organs in the country and lucky for me I have access to both. One is Spanish pipe organ with 2 manuals and 30 note straight pedalboard and 51 keys on each manual. Second is a Renaissance pipe organ built in 2019 by a Polish organ company, it has 3 manuals with 51 keys also and a 27 note pedalboard. I am very interested in developing my sight reading abilities to a high level, where I could Just grab any composition and play it at tempo, and I mean piano or organ composition. I am wondering if your sight reading course would be good for me. I am comfortable sight reading hymns, but I don't have knowledge on pipe organ repertoire, only Bach. I practice on a digital Piano a Yamaha p155. I bought an AGO pedalboard and it should arrive in 2 weeks. Let me know if you can help me become a master at sight reading.”

  • SOPP624: Sometimes I read a treble clef like a bass clef

    SOPP624: Sometimes I read a treble clef like a bass clef

    05/12/2020 Duration: 17min

    This question was sent by Diana, who transcribes fingering and pedaling from our videos, and she writes that: “Sometimes I read a treble clef like a bass clef...”

  • SOPP631: What is a minimum of major/minor scales, vs Hanon finger exercises, vs practicing a piece?

    SOPP631: What is a minimum of major/minor scales, vs Hanon finger exercises, vs practicing a piece?

    05/12/2020 Duration: 17min

    This question was sent by Keith, and he writes in response to my letter asking what are his goals and challenges in organ playing.  He writes, Vidas, Thank you for sharing your knowledge and love of organ playing. My dream for organ playing is to facilitate the expression of worship in music, with the language of harmony. What things are holding me back from my dream? 1. My ignorance/lack of skill. - In February I dusted off my marginal four years of grade school piano lessons, after 34 years. 2. Realizing what good technique is - what such technique should feel like when I practice and play. 3. Practice method/discipline - What is a minimum of major/minor scales, vs Hanon finger exercises, vs practicing a piece. - I practice about an hour a day, some days twice that. Wish I could practice more. The mini-course emails have been very helpful to me.  I let them queue up behind each other, until I have a chance to fully consider each one. Regards, Keith

  • SOPP629: Thank you for all you do, all you online organists are amazing at this time and offer so much to those of us who feel safer not going to church, a real godsend indeed

    SOPP629: Thank you for all you do, all you online organists are amazing at this time and offer so much to those of us who feel safer not going to church, a real godsend indeed

    02/12/2020 Duration: 13min

    This question was sent by James, and he writes, Thanks Vidas for acknowledging my donation.  With lockdown and retirement I have a bit more time to work at learning the organ.  I am now 73 so things are a bit slower for me. I have an old analog Viscount organ but I have found that my new iPad can produce even better and authentic sound. Favourite at the moment is Pipe Organ and St Just. So I have brought out my old Casio keyboard which has a MIDI possibility and bought the necessary connectors and connected it to my old stereo system, it really can sound amazing and have to keep the volume down. Love the “pedal notes”. Over the winter I shall follow your example and buy new keyboards, I think it will be better than only one. Music wise I continue to work away at hymns and have started flowkey. I bought your Prière à Notre-Dame as it is just about my level though hard work with all the accidentals. So I would appreciate you doing more of the simpler stuff, I am not quite ready for the toccata.&nb

  • SOPP627: I had a stroke which hit my left hand very hard. It is slow and lazy.

    SOPP627: I had a stroke which hit my left hand very hard. It is slow and lazy.

    02/12/2020 Duration: 09min

    This question was sent by Abe, and he writes, I had a stroke which hit my left hand very hard.  It is slow and lazy.  Any suggestions?

  • SOPP622: Thanks Vidas for the complete pedaling and instructions. It has created a great opportunity for me to focus on the pedal technique for early music beyond toes only.

    SOPP622: Thanks Vidas for the complete pedaling and instructions. It has created a great opportunity for me to focus on the pedal technique for early music beyond toes only.

    11/11/2020 Duration: 10min

    This question was sent by Brigitte, and she writes: “Thanks Vidas for the complete pedaling and instructions. It has created a great opportunity for me to focus on the pedal technique for early music beyond toes only.”

  • SOPP625: I live in Spain and here there are few organ teachers

    SOPP625: I live in Spain and here there are few organ teachers

    04/11/2020 Duration: 14min

    This question was sent by Luis Garcia, and he writes, Dear friends: I live in Spain and here there are few organ teachers.  Pedal Technique is a mystery here.  I need to learn how to play pedals without looking at the pedalboard and with a mind strategy.  Some teachers recommend to slide the foot counting the intervals. I think that it may well be in some times but not all the time.  Others recommend memorizing the gaps in the pedalboard.  And the worst teachers don't recommend anything. Even it is very difficult to see organists with organ shoes.  Spain is a bad country to learn how to play the pipe organ. Remember that I am interested in a romantic technique.  I know that you like Baroque music. Please, try to help me.  Thank you. Luis García

  • SOPP620: The speed of this piece and transparency of registration made me appreciate how generous the acoustic is at your church

    SOPP620: The speed of this piece and transparency of registration made me appreciate how generous the acoustic is at your church

    29/10/2020 Duration: 10min

    This question was sent by James, and he writes about my piece called “Nassat, from the Organ ABC”: “The speed of this piece and transparency of registration made me appreciate how generous the acoustic is at your church. I’m still stuck on Krummhorn and Larigot”.

  • SOPP623: Although I often needed more than fifteen minutes to work on a given assignment, my feet now know where to go and my hips and body now support my balance and the ability to play a passage leg

    SOPP623: Although I often needed more than fifteen minutes to work on a given assignment, my feet now know where to go and my hips and body now support my balance and the ability to play a passage leg

    24/10/2020 Duration: 10min

    This question was sent by Robert, and he writes, Dear Vidas, I completed your Pedal Virtuoso Master Course in late August and upon your request, below you will find my feedback. Without a doubt, I am very happy to have taken your course!  I discovered it online at the beginning of June after searching for ways to improve my pedal technique which was holding my organ playing back.  My goals consisted of learning how to sit comfortably on the organ bench so that I could play the pedals and maintain my balance, discover for myself how to develop more flexibility in my ankles, and learn how to use my feet more efficiently in order to play more advanced passages as well as reduce strains put on my foot muscles and joints (i.e., prevent future injuries). After spending twelve weeks working on the given assignment for the day, to my surprise, each goal saw improvement and not just a slight improvement!  Although I often needed more than fifteen minutes to work on a given assignment, my feet now k

  • SOPP621: My sight reading of notes and rhythms both improved significantly from 9 months ago

    SOPP621: My sight reading of notes and rhythms both improved significantly from 9 months ago

    23/10/2020 Duration: 13min

    This question was sent by William, and he writes, Vidas, Thank you for putting together this course. My sight reading of notes and rhythms both improved significantly from 9 months ago. It also improved my sight reading of dense passages of music. The areas that gave me a little trouble (that I need to continue working on) are the counting of 32nd notes and irregular rhythms (triplets against 2 eighth notes / 4 sixteenth notes / dotted eighth note and a sixteenth note).  Regards, Bill

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