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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SOPP649: I thought that if there is a pickup measure in a song that the last measure of the song and the first measure should add up to one measure


This question was sent by Bob, and he’s taking our Melodic Dictation Course Level 1.  He writes,

"Vidas,
I have a question about 4 kl. 280 in Melodic Dictation Week 9.
I thought that if there is a pickup measure in a song that the last measure of the song and the first measure should add up to one measure. But in this case there is a rest contained in the last measure, so the two measures do not add up to one measure...


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 2021-04-14  12m
 
 

SOPP644: My dream is to serve as an organist and lead the choir in my church organisation


This question was sent by Paje, and this is the answer to my question, “What is the goal in organ playing, and what are some challenges that get in the way of this goal. So:

“1. Dream to serve as an organist and lead the choir in my Church Organisation.
2. Lack of consistent mentorship, lack of accountability, lack of clarity on what to focus on first as a beginner.”


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 2021-03-31  11m
 
 

SOPP647: My dream is to be a great concert Organist, and to be one of the most significant Organ performers in this century


This question was sent by Nabil, and he writes,

1) My dream is to be a great concert Organist, and to be one of the most significant Organ performers in this century. Because I believe I have something new to bring.
Also to be the first Organist in a Cathedral (good organs usually are in big churches), to push the people in the church with me looking towards heaven in their prayers by making great music…

V:  This was his dream...


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 2021-03-17  13m
 
 

SOPP645: These organ shoes would be very good for my funeral


his question was sent by Katrine, and she writes,

Thanks for asking about this Vidas.

1. To be as fluent and reliable at organ playing as I am at the piano (professional accompanist/repetiteur by background)
2. Getting the set-up right for feet and being confident that I am practising in a way that will lead to accuracy - not sure if stool height is correct, shoes are perhaps too wide etc...


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 2021-03-10  10m
 
 

SOPP642: With renewed energy I have heaped my attention on BWV 529, and various choral preludes, BWV 604 a favourite


This question was sent by Rosemary, and she writes,:

“Happy New Year greetings to you all. This day dawned breathtakingly beautiful and we will all be glad of the shade in the garden as the heat rises. A new year ahead in which our prayers and hopes are with those frontline workers caring for victims of Covid 19, and discoveries for containment. May you all and your families stay safe...


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 2021-03-03  16m
 
 

SOPP640: There can be no doubt that the sight-reading course helped me particularly with issues of rhythm which I always found a weak point so I am grateful for that indeed


This question was sent by Pieter, and he writes,:

“Dear Vidas,

Thank you for sending me the extra exercise supplementary to the sight reading course. I appreciate that very much. Firstly let me apologise for my late response after finishing the course. It has been rather busy with various things...


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 2021-02-24  16m
 
 

SOPP643: My challenge is with getting enough courage to play hymns with pedals


This question was sent by Whitney, and she writes,

My challenge is with getting enough courage to play hymns with pedals. I can do it fine when practicing, but I get way too nervous when I’m playing at Mass.


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 2021-02-17  11m
 
 

SOPP638: As you know, I am not 'original' in my writing as I recognize everything I create is derivative - a fusion of everything I have ever heard or played


This question was sent by Graham, and he comments on my recording of the practice session of his Idyll. So he writes,:

“Wonderful, Vidas! It was written in the summer of 2020 during the first lockdown of the Covid pandemic. I saw a competition advertised for a meditative piece for organ and this composition appeared nearly instantly! I do love Erik Satie's 'Gymnopedies' (I have heard you play No 2 on the organ!) and there is a strong French impressionist influence in this piece...


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 2021-02-17  12m
 
 

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


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...


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 2021-02-10  9m
 
 

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


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...


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 2021-02-03  15m