Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast and #AskVidasAndAusra.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.
SOPP331: Could you please take a look at my suggestion for progression in C major and a minor15/11/2018 Duração: 18min
This question was sent by Lev, and he writes: Hello Vidas, Could you please (if you find time) take a look at my suggestions for progression T1TS2SD3DT4T in C major and a minor (Exercise 9-2 from Harmony for organists course) and give me short feedback about mistakes. I'd like to make sure I've understood the harmony stuff correctly so far. Thanks in advance and best regards
SOPP330: This past Sunday I completed the 40-week course13/11/2018 Duração: 18min
This question was sent by David. And he writes: Hello Vidas and Ausra, This past Sunday I completed the 40-week course. I really liked the course and thank you for it. As requested here are my comments. Yes I can sight read better but still need more work. I tried several new pieces I had tried before the course and I was better. I was away for 2 weeks in the summer and caught up by doing 2 days in 1. Not a good idea so I am repeating from week 29 on. Some comments: I found the first weeks quite easy and we did not start 3 staves until week 29. I think it would be better to introduce the 3 staves earlier or at least LH and Pedal. The early weeks were mostly in d minor. I think they would be more useful if transposed in various keys. I am also augmenting the material with Dupre's 79 chorales and using baroque pedaling. These are my comments. Thanks again Best regards, David
SOPP329: I am having pain in my inside right groin from trying to hold my knees and feet together12/11/2018 Duração: 16min
This question was sent by Hanna and she writes: “Hi Vidas, I am having pain in my inside right groin from trying to hold my knees and feet together. It was all I could do to do 10 reps of the Master organ course Week 2 Day 1 this morning. I am only 5' 1" and it is difficult for me to perch on the edge of the organ seat to reach the pedals as you describe. I can only hope that the pain will decrease with time. I was not able to do all of Week One in the Pedal Virtuoso course last week, but am trying to be more faithful daily this week. But things are improving, more accuracy bit by bit. –Hanna”
SOPP327: I recently purchased your fingering for BWV 55311/11/2018 Duração: 17min
This question was sent by Timothy and he wrote: “I recently purchased your fingering for BWV 553 (https://secrets-of-organ-playing.myshopify.com/products/prelude-and-fugue-in-c-major-bwv-553), and I stopped dead at the transition from the first page to the second. The last right-hand note on the first page specifies finger 3, and the first note on the second page is also 3. Is that a misprint? Am I missing something important? How can the third finger jump like that in the middle of a fast 16th note passage? Timothy
SOPP328: A certain publishing house has expressed an interest in publishing one of my compositions10/11/2018 Duração: 19min
This question was sent by Steve from http://www.organbench.com. And he wrote: Good morning Vidas, Hope all is well with you. Most of my compositions are listed now for sale with Sheet Music Plus Press and Noteflight Marketplace. Under the terms of this arrangement I retain ownership of my compositions and copyrights and can exercise control over listed retail prices and product descriptions. Royalties are at or near half of the retail price, for every copy sold, payable every month or quarterly, by PayPal or written cheque, my choice. Their online catalogs reach 110 countries world wide. A certain publishing house has also expressed an interest in publishing one of my compositions separately, namely, the E Major Op. 17 Communion song. The standard contract from this firm arrived today in duplicate, and, if I sign it, I will be assigning ownership of this piece to this firm. In return I'm to be paid through PayPal just once a year, the standard 10 per cent of the retail cost, which is set by them, for each c
SOPP326: My dream in organ playing is to play impressive songs with lots of stops09/11/2018 Duração: 19min
This question was sent by Tomás, and he wrote: My dream in organ playing is to play impressive songs with lots of stops. I would like to change them (the stops) during the song playing.
SOPP323: Keeping my mind from wandering and resisting the temptation to sightread at tempo07/11/2018 Duração: 16min
This question was sent by Barbara, and she wrote that she struggles with two related things: 1) keeping my mind from wandering when I'm doing repetitions to teach my hands/feet the fingering/pedaling, and 2) resisting the temptation to sightread at tempo (with mistakes).
SOPP325: I have a teacher now for 5 years, tough lady, very demanding06/11/2018 Duração: 15min
This question was sent by Andrea. And she writes: Dear Vidas, Stage fright, shyness, lack of confidence and lack of patience for the last 10% to make the piece perfect. I have a teacher now for 5 years, tough lady, very demanding. So I am not in the organist’s desert. Kindest, Andrea
SOPP324: I have heard it is possible to create the illusion of a 32' in the pedals05/11/2018 Duração: 15min
Let’s start episode 324 of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast. This question was sent by Dieter and he writes: Good evening Ausra and Vidas. Just recently something electrical malfunctioned on our Churches organ. As a result we lost the 32' and 16' ranks in the pedals. Only 8' and 4' left. I have heard it is possible to create the illusion of say a 32' by playing two notes on a 16' in the pedals. I am not averse to playing a two note chord in the pedals, as long as it is not too complicated for hymn accompaniment, a bit like a drone. Question is which two notes? Dieter
SOPP322: On accompanying the congregation and improvising04/11/2018 Duração: 24min
Let’s start episode number 322, of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast. This question was sent by Rob. He writes: Hello Ausra and Vidas, Today, I have a few things to share with you that relate to subjects that both of you discussed in recent SOPPs. Please feel free to use it as “ammo” to elaborate on as you see fit. 1) Accompanying the congregation in singing This is something that I’ve been doing for almost 45 years now. When I accompany a choir, I’ll have to “obey” the SATB setting of the songs. When I accompany the people, I can basically make up my own harmonies. What I do is this: one of my ears listens to the organ, the other ear listens to the singing of the congregation. Now, in the middle of my head, I bring the two together: I always make sure, that I am just a fraction of a beat “ahead” so I can give them the next note, the next tone that they need to sing. This way, you can also control the pace of the song, because congregations are inclined to slow down in singing and it is best not to allow t