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 952 Folge(n) erschienen. Jeden Tag erscheint eine Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 12 days 12 hours 42 minutes

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SOPP661: This week I was struggling to record videos. When I play, sometimes I hit the wrong key or pedal...


This question was written by Diana, and she writes,

"This week I was struggling to record videos. When I play, sometimes I hit the wrong key or pedal... also I had some difficulties recording the introduction of my performance in Unda Maris concert."


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 2021-07-07  13m
 
 

SOPP652: With all the performances and recitals I’ve been doing, it’s hard to set aside time to learn new things.


This question was sent by James, and he writes that he is struggling with:

“Sitting down and learning a new repertoire. With all the performances and recitals I’ve been doing, it’s hard to set aside time to learn new things.”


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 2021-06-30  14m
 
 

SOPP653: Can Baroque Articulation Be Used in Music from Later Times?


This question was sent by Jeremy.  He’s our member of Total Organist Community, and helps us with fingering and pedaling scores.  And he writes,

Today I did a variety of different things on the organ.  The past couple of weeks I have been working through the New Oxford Organ Method just to see what it did (I really am enjoying it).  It acts kind of like an organ teacher for those who have basic piano skills...


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 2021-06-23  13m
 
 

SOPP650: I’ve seen that you use ForScore on an iPad for reading music. I was wondering what size iPad do you use?


This question was sent by Jay, and he writes:

“Vidas:
I think I’ve seen that you use ForScore on an iPad for reading music.  I was wondering what size iPad do you use?  Have you had experience with more than the one size you use regularly?  I’d really like to do that but I’m not sure which size would work best for me.  I think the iPad 12.9” is likely optimal but so expensive.  Perhaps the 11” model would be adequate, being a bit less expensive...


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 2021-06-16  13m
 
 

SOPP659: Keyboard Prelude Improvisation Mini Course


This question was sent by Eduardo, and he writes,

Greetings,

Recently I found about historical improvisation and I stumbled upon your dissertation "Improvisation of keyboard preludes in the style of JS Bach: A practical method comprising techniques derived from selected keyboard works" And it looks exactly what i'm looking for at the moment, but I can't find a complete version of it, I just found the index...


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 2021-06-09  21m
 
 

SOPP657: I hear from respected organists that these trio sonatas are some of the most difficult music to play, and you executed it perfectly!


This question was sent by John, and he writes,

Dear Vidas, wow this is so beautiful! I hear from respected organists that these trio sonatas are some of the most difficult music to play, and you executed it perfectly!  Thank you for such an enjoyable experience, and also for setting such a great example for me, your student!
Take care, John


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 2021-06-01  14m
 
 

SOPP648: On registration of Widor's Toccata


This question was sent by Joe, and he writes:

“Vidas,

Hope all is well with you. I am making much headway on Widor's Toccata, even though I have had limited time to practice.

The score that I purchased from you certainly has helped expedite the learning process - MUCH THANKS!

Since the score did not include registration suggestions, I was curious if you know of scores that do include registration...


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 2021-05-12  9m
 
 

SOPP655: This week I’m struggling with sitting down on the organ bench


This question was sent by Ausra, and she writes,

"This week I’m struggling with sitting down on the organ bench. At first I didn’t have time and now I don’t have motivation to practice."


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 2021-05-05  18m
 
 

SOPP646: The first week I was not using certain muscles in the ankle area, I had sore muscles while playing organ pedals.


This question was sent by Manfred, and he writes:

Hi Vidas,
I was playing the organ in the church for services only. The requirements are low. Therefore I could train the Pedal in ‘wild’ and fairly uncontrolled way.
Because of Corona the congregation must not sing. The organist is asked to prepare a few pieces as a solo. So I started to look for organ pieces that are a little more demanding.
Then I was facing severe difficulties with easy or low-medium pieces for organ...


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 2021-04-28  11m
 
 

SOPP651: My goal is to become a church organist and excel in hymn playing


This question was sent by Doug, and he answered my question, What is your goal in organ playing, and what are some challenges that he faces when he tries to reach this goal.  So the goal is to become a church organist, and basically advanced in hymn playing.  And the challenges are three:

  1. Pedal techniques.
  2. Taking a hymnal with one line and converting it to swell, great and pedals on the fly...


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 2021-04-14  14m