Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast

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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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 13m. Bisher sind 919 Folge(n) erschienen. Jeden Tag erscheint eine Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 12 days 4 hours 57 minutes

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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...


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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?


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?”


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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...


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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?


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 2020-12-16  11m
 
 

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...


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 2020-12-16  11m
 
 

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


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...


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 2020-12-16  11m
 
 

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


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...”


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 2020-12-05  17m
 
 

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


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...


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 2020-12-05  17m
 
 

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


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...


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 2020-12-02  13m
 
 

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


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?


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 2020-12-02  9m