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Conversations about all things organ playing. Dr. Vidas Pinkevicius and Dr. Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene talk about organ practice, technique, registration, performance, improvisation, harmony, music theory and other aspects which make up Total Organist.

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Conversations about all things organ playing. Dr. Vidas Pinkevicius and Dr. Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene talk about organ practice, technique, registration, performance, improvisation, harmony, music theory and other aspects which make up Total Organist.

    SOPP708: I’ve started to approach my organ pieces like my scales, ‘from memory’ and I’m definitely making progress

    SOPP708: I’ve started to approach my organ pieces like my scales, ‘from memory’ and I’m definitely making progress

     Let’s start episode 708 of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast. This question was sent by Dawn, and she writes:“Hi Vidas,I’m finding your advice very helpful. I’ve started to approach my pieces like my scales, ‘from memory’ and I’m definitely making progress. I’m recognising finger patterns are better too, which I normally don’t. So thank you for your advice on memorisation.In answer to your questions:My dream is to play competently and confidently. Perhaps in the future to reach Grade 8 standard if I’m ever good enough.The 3 things holding me back:1. Poor fingering.2. Poor rhythm.3. Slow speed.Thanks again for your advice and support. It’s much appreciated.Dawn”

    • 15 min
    SOPP706: About our summer organ trips to Poland, Denmark, Ukraine and Latvia

    SOPP706: About our summer organ trips to Poland, Denmark, Ukraine and Latvia

    Let's start episode 706 of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast. Today we decided to discuss a little bit about our last summer organ trips. So we hope you will enjoy our conversation about all the recitals that we played in various countries.

    • 46 min
    SOPP705: I'd like to be able to accompany any song without losing the mood of the song

    SOPP705: I'd like to be able to accompany any song without losing the mood of the song

    This question was sent by Matthew, and he writes:“Hello Vidas & Ausra,Thank you for all that you are doing to encourage and coach organists!1. What is your dream for organ playing?Be able to accompany any song without losing the mood of the song. Rich bass and appropriate chords.2. What are 3 most important things that are holding you back from realizing your dream?a. Fingeringb. Unable to play soprano and alto in the right hand simultaneously (bass and tenor in the left hand simultaneously)c. Knowledge of chordsBest regards,Mathew”

    • 16 min
    SOPP704: Which of your studies do you recommend for learning repertoire within a short period of time?

    SOPP704: Which of your studies do you recommend for learning repertoire within a short period of time?

    This question was sent by Leo, and he writes:Good morning,  Which of your studies do you recommend for learning repertoire within a short period of time?Thanks,  Leo

    • 14 min
    SOPP703: I want to become the best organist that I can be. Things holding me back are playing anxiety, physical stamina, and lack of concentration.

    SOPP703: I want to become the best organist that I can be. Things holding me back are playing anxiety, physical stamina, and lack of concentration.

    This question was sent by Pamela, and she has a dream to be the best organist that she can be. And holding her back is playing anxiety, physical stamina, and lack of concentration.

    • 12 min
    SOPP702: Are there any secrets or nuggets of wisdom as it pertains to learning difficult pieces quickly?

    SOPP702: Are there any secrets or nuggets of wisdom as it pertains to learning difficult pieces quickly?

    This question was sent by Leo, and he writes

    Good evening,
    Thanks so much for the fine work that you and your staff render.
    I am currently moving into a new position as organist for the Second Presbyterian Church here in Memphis. I am ecstatic about this amazing opportunity.
    Are there any secrets or nuggets of wisdom as it pertains to learning difficult pieces quickly. Please advise or share what to purchase on your website.
    Thank you
    Leo

    • 8 min

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