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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.

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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.

    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?

    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."

    • 11 min
    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

    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 music is a passion of mine, or a European tour,
    (Boellmann, Faure..Italian school, and Bach )

    The learning of a piece, bringing it up to concert standard and maintaining the standard for the recital date.

    Work on analysing the piece, Your email of Dec 1st has been a great catalyst. Maybe this is one of the secrets to understanding the piece and gaining confidence in performance.

    Additionally, I have shortened the length of the fragments I learn at a time and have resolved to trial your suggestions.

    The content of the material you've sent seems like a good foundation. I need all these tips and more. I have had no formal lessons on the instrument, gathering knowledge through reading, listening and suggestions from colleagues in recent years.  More information on ornaments, (BWV 555 do you include the marked trill on the resolution of the prelude.)  The French Noels how do you fit in the mordants and how are they played,

    Currently I am learning Priere a Notre-Dame  L Boellmann your copy with fingering and pedaling,
    Sicilienne OP.78  G Faure
    Sonata 5 BWV 529 Bach third movement

    I am particularly interested in your copy of Ich ruf' zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ  BWV 639  where you have written out the interpretation of the ornaments and how they fit in.More on this please.

    Time I stopped, I have gained regular access to the organ for the recital determined to be more familiar with the instrument, I have considerable support and assistance from the regular organists especially with choice of registration.  A big learning curve.

    Hopefully this finds you and yours well, a strange year with so many new challenges. Every good wish for this festive Christmas season.

    kind regards
    Rosemary

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    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?

    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?”

    • 12 min
    SOPP628: At 72 years of age my goal is to play some of Bach's 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

    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”

    • 15 min
    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?

    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?

    • 11 min
    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!

    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

    • 11 min

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