Secrets Of Organ Playing Podcast

Sinopse

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.

Episódios

  • SOPP617: One measure is just not coming

    SOPP617: One measure is just not coming"

    11/09/2020 Duração: 14min

    This question was sent by David, and he writes, "I didn't see this video when it was posted because I was buried with work at the time. Thank you for posting it and this podcast. This week, I am experiencing the same thing, but with a simple hymn that I should have no trouble with, but one measure is just not coming, and I, too, felt like hitting the (imitation) organ as I was practicing... (but I didn't do it... it already doesn't fully function properly on Sunday mornings). This made me realize that sometimes this is a normal thing to experience."

  • SOPP615: A really useful and helpful upload explaining how you produce such wonderful recordings

    SOPP615: A really useful and helpful upload explaining how you produce such wonderful recordings

    10/09/2020 Duração: 18min

    This question was sent by Graham, and he writes about the video where I introduce my Hauptwerk set-up on YouTube. Hauptwerk set-up and streaming set-up, to be precise. He writes, As others have already commented, Vidas, a really useful and helpful upload explaining how you produce such wonderful recordings - though as amazing as all this technology is, it would mean nothing if it was not for your truly fabulous playing and teaching! As you know, I am a big fan of James. He recently played some Clementi on the organ and I commented with a reference to the contest between Mozart and Clementi in 1781. So I am going to make the same judgement as Emperor Joseph II, who diplomatically declared a draw between those two great composers. I declare a draw between the massive amount of wiring and equipment both you and James have. Just looking at all those 'tripping hazards' gives me palpitations. At least my humble Viscount Chorum just plugs in and plays . . . but of course, does not give me access to some of the gr

  • SOPP614: The organ world needs more videos like this

    SOPP614: The organ world needs more videos like this

    09/09/2020 Duração: 11min

    This question was sent by Ian, and he writes: “The organ world needs more videos like this - however experienced and skilled you are, practice is sometimes slow, difficult and/or frustrating. It helps everyone if we're open about it. Thanks for sharing!”

  • SOPP613: These problems occur when I am playing very slowly in rhythm.

    SOPP613: "These problems occur when I am playing very slowly in rhythm."

    09/09/2020 Duração: 13min

    This question was sent by Robert, and he is a student of Pedal Virtuoso Master Course. And he has a question which sounds like this, Dear Vidas, I just finished the tenth week of your Pedal Virtuoso Master Class. Unlike previous weeks when I come to the last day, I still have issues maintaining a proper sense of balance while seated on the organ bench. This affects my accuracy (I either hit an extra pedal in one foot, miss a pedal, or slide off the correct pedal and into a non chord tone), playing legato (sometimes a major third in one foot is not possible to connect), and playing the pedals silently (as opposed to making a too much noise). Regarding balance, I found in all the previous weeks that I could sit quietly on the bench and avoid having to pull myself back to my normal seated position by shifting my weight from one hip and buttocks to the other. This week, perhaps due to the fact that an octave arpeggio in octaves covers too much space on the pedals in such a short amount of time as well as t

  • SOPP612: “I don’t really understand the difference between open and closed position chords”

    SOPP612: “I don’t really understand the difference between open and closed position chords”

    09/09/2020 Duração: 10min

    This question was sent by Diana, and she writes: “I don’t really understand the difference between open and closed position chords.”

  • SOPP610: “Can finger substitutions be used in slow baroque music, such as Kyrie by Cabezon?

    SOPP610: “Can finger substitutions be used in slow baroque music, such as Kyrie by Cabezon?"

    09/09/2020 Duração: 14min

    Let’s start episode 610 of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast. This question was sent by Joanna, and she writes: “Dear Vidas, can finger substitutions be used in slow baroque music, such as Kyrie by Cabezon? Or is it best to stick to articulated fingering even in relatively slow passages?”

  • SOPP608: For the moment my challenge is BWV 564

    SOPP608: "For the moment my challenge is BWV 564"

    08/09/2020 Duração: 12min

    This question was sent by Paul, and he writes: “Thank you for sending your Organ Duet Recital. Bravo! For the moment my challenge is BWV 564. I am able to play the toccata by heart, Adagio I still need the score and fugue is not yet on an optimal level. I try to realize what you call articulate legato. Best greetings Paul”

  • SOPP611: You uploaded the whole suite by Krebs!

    SOPP611: You uploaded the whole suite by Krebs!

    12/08/2020 Duração: 13min

    This question was sent by Kaki, and Kaki writes, "Thanks for the upload! I remember when I was learning the whole suite, always loved Krebs and this Courante was my favorite. There aren't many videos if any at all on this Clavierubung #2 and you uploaded the whole suite! Thanks so much, I enjoyed listening (: A little gem in the sea of youtube videos!"

  • SOPP606: Why MUST we use articulate legato touch?

    SOPP606: Why MUST we use articulate legato touch?

    12/08/2020 Duração: 11min

    This question was sent by Laurie, and she writes: “Hi Vidas, Be sure you are sitting down to read this.

  • SOPP609: Thank you so much for the video of you working on Vierne Final, Symphony No. 1

    SOPP609: Thank you so much for the video of you working on Vierne Final, Symphony No. 1

    12/08/2020 Duração: 15min

    This question was sent by Robert, and he writes, "Dear Vidas, Thank you so much for the video of you working on Vierne Final, sym 1. Within just the first 3 minutes I learned so much about how to practice properly, the key word here is properly. I, of course, practice (and I'm a slow learner but I get there) usually sections at a time and slowly but watching you slowly and what appears to me slight hesitation at certain points to read ahead. I may be misinterpreting what you're doing but it makes sense and allows for a much smoother transition from section to section until the full work is learned and brought up to speed. I've listened to more than 3 minutes but not the complete video which I will do now. I can't wait to see what's ahead that I will learn. You are such a good human being and make the world a better place. Thank you. Warm regards to you both, Robert"

  • SOPP607: I am a pianist and I’d love to get the pedals working

    SOPP607: I am a pianist and I’d love to get the pedals working

    05/08/2020 Duração: 14min

    This question was sent by Richard, and he writes, I am a pianist and I’d love to get the pedals working when I sit at the organ. I also struggle with improvisation which can be a real hindrance during church services.

  • SOPP604: I’m now in the process of replicating your Hauptwerk setup

    SOPP604: I’m now in the process of replicating your Hauptwerk setup

    29/07/2020 Duração: 15min

    This question was sent by Francois, and he writes: “Good day Vidas and Ausra, I hope you are well and you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. My name is Francois, I live in London and I came across you on the Hauptwerk Facebook group as well as YouTube. Thank you so much for all the wonderful videos and music that you two post, it really is an inspiration. I also saw your article about your Hauptwerk setup at home which was very helpful and I’m now in the process of replicating your setup. I received my keyboard stand over the weekend and today two of my three Nektar Impact GX61 keyboards were delivered. I’m only using the basic Hauptwerk subscription as I haven’t played organ in about 20 years and I need to get back in the saddle, so to speak. The peddle board will have to wait for now as it is a bit pricey. I would like to get a bit more info and help on your sound setup. I see you have Presonus Eris E4.5 monitors in your list of equipment. Are they good for reproducing a good sound especially in

  • SOPP605: SOPP605: My dream for playing organ is to play in church services and in concerts

    SOPP605: SOPP605: My dream for playing organ is to play in church services and in concerts

    26/07/2020 Duração: 10min

    This question was sent by Klāvs, and he writes, "Hi Vidas, There are answers to your questions. 1. My dream for playing organ is to play in church services and in concerts. I have played in church services some times. 2. My 3 important things that are holding me back from realizing my dream is: Equipment - if I want to learn organ playing I need to go to my church, where there is a pipe organ with pedals and 2 manuals. Quiet place, where I can learn. Knowledge of playing technique, because I don’t have an organ teacher yet. ~Klāvs"

  • SOPP603: It is very easy to miss repeated accidentals

    SOPP603: It is very easy to miss repeated accidentals

    02/07/2020 Duração: 17min

    This question was sent by Pieter, and he writes, Dear Vidas, Thank you for your email with week 11 of the sight reading course attached. I am persevering with the daily routine and I notice first of all a much greater stability and confidence with rhythm. Some of the figures in the exercises are complex from a sight reading perspective but this has definitely improved over the weeks. I think notation accuracy was not a major problem for me but I still have to be careful to observe accidentals etc. It is very easy to miss repeated ones. ​I am greatly enjoying the routine of the course and am always a little curious as to what the new challenges will be week on week. I will of course contact you if there are any queries but for now it is all very clear and the approach you take is very logical. My very best wishes, Pieter

  • SOPP602: Your organ duet recital was wonderful… so inspiring

    SOPP602: Your organ duet recital was wonderful… so inspiring

    30/06/2020 Duração: 13min

    This question was sent by Wendy, and she writes: “Hello Vidas, Your organ duet recital was wonderful… so inspiring. You and Ausra are a great team. Many thanks for sharing your huge talents. I am one of 3 organists who play for services at a Catholic church in Ipswich Queensland Australia...St Mary's. My training is as a pianist. I don't have an organ at home and my organ pedal skills are very limited. Enjoy your coffee!! Best wishes, Wendy”

  • SOPP600: Im currently learning the Dubois Toccata in G No 3

    SOPP600: I'm currently learning the Dubois Toccata in G No 3

    28/06/2020 Duração: 09min

    This question was sent by Tim, and he writes: “Dear Vidas Are you able to help me please. I am currently learning the Dubois Toccata in G No 3 and have previously downloaded your fingering and pedaling for the piece. I'm having trouble getting it up to the required speed and wondered if you had any tips to help with this or any other tips or practice ideas that might help. Thank you in anticipation Tim"

  • SOPP598: I’m trying to improve my trills

    SOPP598: I’m trying to improve my trills

    27/06/2020 Duração: 13min

    This question was sent by Vivien, and she writes: “Thank you so much for your acknowledgment and interest Vidas. Next time I will understand better how to enter the amount of money and make it more in line with the quantity and quality of expert help coming from you and Ausra. Lockdown means no Church Services and so has given me a chance to improve my basic skills instead of being stressed with deadlines. I’m trying to improve my trills and am using a manual piece Jesus, meine Zuversicht, BWV 728. I listen to Wolfgang Stockmeier because I happen to have his CDs, copy him and then record myself. The long trills still sound awkward, but then I found your advice of slow, exact and emphasising every other note which I’ve never read before. Feeling optimistic that this could be a breakthrough. Can’t believe the way that you understand such detailed problems. I hope that you both are coping well in this crisis. Best Regards Vivien”

  • SOPP601: I am excited to get into one of the courses on Total Organist again

    SOPP601: I am excited to get into one of the courses on Total Organist again

    26/06/2020 Duração: 13min

    This question was sent by Jeremy, and he writes, "Now that summer is here, I am excited to get into one of the courses on Total Organist again. Maybe the Couperin Mass or improv mini-course. Either actually as I have just signed up for them…"

  • SOPP596: I notice you’ve gotten into Hauptwerk as well, which is cool

    SOPP596: I notice you’ve gotten into Hauptwerk as well, which is cool

    25/06/2020 Duração: 18min

    This question was sent by Dan, and he writes: “Hi Vidas, I hope you and Ausra are doing well in your part of the world. Things are going well here. I’ve had to stop getting instruction for the time being from the local organist that’s working with me, due to how things are with this world-wide pandemic. I’m still working away here though, on my hauptwerk VPO, and it’s good I’ve got that here to still work on stuff. I’m working on Buxtehude’s prelude, fugue and chaconne in c, BuxWV137, and as well as Carson Cooman’s tuba tune. I think you’ve had Carson on the podcast a couple times. I was going to participate in an organ recital with other organ students from the area I’m in, on the 28th of March, and play the Grand Choeur in B-flat major by Dubois, but that got postponed as well. I notice you’ve gotten into Hauptwerk as well, which is cool. What’s the sample set you’re using? it sounds like a nice one, that I might be interested in getting a hold of. A link to it would be appreciated. Take care, a

  • SOPP594: I am learning a lot about new ways of playing organ from taking this course

    SOPP594: I am learning a lot about new ways of playing organ from taking this course

    23/06/2020 Duração: 10min

    This question was sent by Ruth, who is our Total Organist student, and she writes: “I am learning a lot about new ways of playing organ, etc. from taking this course. This must be one of the finest courses of its kind on the Internet. Please recall though that some of us are still learning like "wee kids" about the new ways you and others have of using electronic methodology and media. Please hold on to your patience and call forth your skills for teaching us. Thanks. Blessings. Ruth”

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