Secrets Of Organ Playing Podcast

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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.

Episodios

  • SOPP591: My dream is to get into the Royal Academy of music

    SOPP591: My dream is to get into the Royal Academy of music

    28/05/2020 Duración: 15min

    This question was sent by Justina. And she writes, Hello, my name is Justina Pupeikytė and my dream is to get into the Royal Academy of music and after that become a professional organist. But there are few things that are keeping me down. I have very poor sight reading skills and weak transposition. I also learn musical pieces slowly. I am not talking about slow tempo while playing that concerns me, but the time that it takes for me to learn the piece and it's long. Can you help me? Thank you.

  • SOPP589: I am in the process of memorizing a piece, based upon what I am learning in this course!

    SOPP589: I am in the process of memorizing a piece, based upon what I am learning in this course!

    19/05/2020 Duración: 15min

    This question was sent by Ruth. And she writes, Hi Vidas, I am in the process of memorizing a piece, based upon what I am learning in this course! I am also trying to keep in touch with members of my church, because we did not meet last week.

  • SOPP578: I would like to study the Bachs BWV 532 and 552

    SOPP578: I would like to study the Bach's BWV 532 and 552

    19/05/2020 Duración: 10min

    This question was sent by Maureen. And she’s our Total Organist student. And she writes, Hi Vidas, The concern with the coronavirus is ratcheting up as you will know. Scotland is beginning to grow concerned and lockdown is being implemented for next week. I thought it would be a great opportunity to play as often as possible during the time when this happens here in Scotland. I would like to study the Bach Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532 and BWV 552 (this is Prelude and Fugue in Eb Major). Is this fingered for purchase by any chance? I would love to purchase it if it is. Thank you, Appreciatively, Maureen

  • SOPP586: What is the rule regarding accidentals?

    SOPP586: What is the rule regarding accidentals?

    10/05/2020 Duración: 06min

    This question was sent by Amir, and he writes: “I think you surely heard this question before. What is the rule regarding accidentals if a note with an accidental is to be held for more two bars and after that it is repeated in the second bar, should the note change as an accidental be repeated in the second bar (in case that there is no sign of an accidental) or it is to be omitted? Thanks Amir” This podcast is supported by Total Organist - the most comprehensive organ training program online. A: It has hundreds of courses, coaching and practice materials for every area of organ playing, thousands of instructional videos and PDF's. You will NOT find more value anywhere else online... V: Total Organist helps you to master any piece, perfect your technique, develop your sight-reading skills, and improvise or compose your own music and much much more… A: Sign up and begin your training today at organduo.lt and click on Total Organist. And of course, you will get the 1st month free too. You can cancel anyt

  • SOPP584: Im at a beginner/intermediate level, theres no way I can tackle a large Bach fugue

    SOPP584: I'm at a beginner/intermediate level, there's no way I can tackle a large Bach fugue

    06/05/2020 Duración: 11min

    This question was sent by John, and he writes: “I'm wondering if you could help with selecting the next piece I should learn, and give a ranking to the difficulty of these pieces. As you know I'm at a beginner/intermediate level, there's no way I can tackle a large Bach fugue. I know I should learn some French repertoire, but that is also a challenge with finger technique and playing fast passages. Let me know what you think. - BWV 547 Prelude in C major (Prelude only) - BWV 546 Prelude in C minor (Prelude only) - BWV 578 The Little Fugue in G minor - Fanfare by Lemmens - Noel X by Daquin Feel free to suggest any other pieces I should have in my next wish list! I am also hoping to spend some time preparing a basic composition or improvisation for Easter, perhaps on the Hymn tune ‘Christ the Lord is risen today’.”

  • SOPP585: Someone is bound to ask me to play the BWV565 Toccata, so I must learn to play it properly

    SOPP585: Someone is bound to ask me to play the BWV565 Toccata, so I must learn to play it properly

    06/05/2020 Duración: 12min

    Vidas: Hello and welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast! Ausra: This is a show dedicated to helping you become a better organist. V: We’re your hosts Vidas Pinkevicius... A: ...and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene. V: We have over 25 years of experience of playing the organ A: ...and we’ve been teaching thousands of organists online from 89 countries since 2011. V: So now let’s jump in and get started with the podcast for today. A: We hope you’ll enjoy it! V: Let’s start episode 585 of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast. This question was sent by James. And he writes, Hi Vidas, James here from Rustington, England. Hope you are keeping well. Just getting ready for the first ever UK National Organ Day on April 18, when we'll be opening our church for the morning and hoping to welcome visitors- not least young ones- to explore the 'Hidden Mysteries of the Pipe Organ' with demonstrations, powerpoint presentations, to have a go themselves and play nursery rhyme tunes in a group on hand-held pipes if the

  • SOPP581: Thanks very much Vidas. This should also be interesting as a pedal exercise technique.

    SOPP581: Thanks very much Vidas. This should also be interesting as a pedal exercise technique.

    28/04/2020 Duración: 10min

    This question was sent by Amir, and he is taking our Secrets of Organ Playing course called “Sight-Reading Master Course,” and he writes: Amir: “Thanks very much Vidas. This should also be interesting as a pedal exercise technique Amir” And I wrote to him: Vidas: “You are right, Amir! Almost everything that can be played by the hand, can be played by the feet too. In fact, the feet often can be regarded as the third hand in organ playing.”

  • SOPP583: Crista Miller on Organists Life During Quarantine

    SOPP583: Crista Miller on Organist's Life During Quarantine

    27/04/2020 Duración: 01h03min

    Today's guest is ​Crista MILLER who is the Director of Music and Cathedral Organist at Houston’s Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart where she chaired the Organ Committee for Martin Pasi’s Opus 19 pipe organ. She oversees the Celebrity Organ Series and the First Friday University of Houston Series and leads a growing Cathedral music organization, with the Schola Cantorum in high demand for large-scale, festive liturgies, including those prepared for the National Catholic Education Association, the National Winter Conference of the University of St. Thomas’ St. Basil’s School of Gregorian Chant, Church Music Association of America, various Archdiocesan offices, and for Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza’s ceremonial receipt of the Pallium from Pope Benedict XVI in Rome in 2005. She was already a guest on the podcast 3 years ago when we talked about the new organ for the organ. Recently she left a thoughtful comment about our past podcast conversation so I asked how she is doing under the quarantine. Our chat seemed

  • SOPP582: I think sight reading is my weakest area

    SOPP582: I think sight reading is my weakest area

    24/04/2020 Duración: 08min

    This question was sent by Pieter. And he writes, Dear Vidas and Ausra, A friend has sent me a link to your website and I think that it is something that is very interesting for me. Before I look into it further I would be grateful for your guidance as to how I might proceed. I will tell you a little about my situation. I am an organ student living in the Netherlands although I have had a fantastic organ teacher in London where I lived for many years. I have an organ at home and practise every day. I do not have regular organ lessons at the moment as I am still very loyal to my teacher in London and prefer to go to her when I am there. Although I played the organ many years ago I did stop but about 3 years ago I restarted lessons. I am highly motivated and I am in the fortunate position that I have a lot of time to practise as I am now retired (I am 63). I have recently taken the Colleague diploma of the Royal College of Organists and I achieved success in the Pieces as well as the Harmony, Counterpoin

  • SOPP580: I love the harmonies for ‘O Sacred head sore wounded’

    SOPP580: I love the harmonies for ‘O Sacred head sore wounded’

    24/04/2020 Duración: 09min

    This question was sent by Maureen, and she asks: “Dear Vidas, Please could you suggest suitable music for this particular week in the Catholic Church? I love the harmonies for ‘O Sacred head sore wounded’. Is there an organ rendition for this one? Your suggestions would be appreciated as always. Thank you, Maureen.”

  • SOPP577: Serving at the organ to lead a congregation of untrained singers

    SOPP577: Serving at the organ to lead a congregation of untrained singers

    20/04/2020 Duración: 12min

    This question was sent by Steven, and he writes: “Hi Vidas, Not long ago Vidas it was my job to serve at the organ to lead a congregation of mostly untrained singers in a meeting outside a worship service with the singing of a closing song with which most of them were unfamiliar. The tune was St. Clement, a traditional hymn not especially easy for a trained voice to sing that's better known to members of the Anglican faith and perhaps a Methodist or two in the audience but completely unfamiliar to everyone else. This number does not appear in any of the newer hymnals -- I have only found it included in a couple of very old editions of hymn books which have been out of print for a very long time. People singing this tune on YouTube videos are doing so at a tempo Moderato about half the time and the other half of the time they sing at something close to an Adagio."

  • SOPP579: Definitely counting while reading new music is helping me to keep on a stable rhythm

    SOPP579: Definitely counting while reading new music is helping me to keep on a stable rhythm

    03/04/2020 Duración: 07min

    This question was sent by Amir. And he writes, "Hi Vidas, definitely counting while reading new music is helping me to keep on a stable rhythm. I still found rapid shifts in note values and spacing of melodies in my left hand a bit challenging. Thanks."

  • SOPP576: I tend to focus too much on what I am playing on Sunday

    SOPP576: I tend to focus too much on what I am playing on Sunday

    02/04/2020 Duración: 10min

    This question was sent by Julie. And she writes, "I tend to focus too much on what I am playing on Sunday and don’t make as much progress on the “bigger” pieces that take much longer than a week to learn. Sometimes there isn’t much I can do about that if things are particularly busy at work."

  • SOPP575: I like that Total Organist is keeping me focused on my practicing, and how to practice

    SOPP575: I like that Total Organist is keeping me focused on my practicing, and how to practice

    27/03/2020 Duración: 13min

    This question was sent by Jeremy, who is transcribing our scores and adding fingering and pedaling, and is our member of the Total Organist Community. He writes: “I like that Total Organist is keeping me focused on my practicing, and how to practice.”

  • SOPP573: My challenge is with sticking with a schedule of practicing and time management

    SOPP573: My challenge is with sticking with a schedule of practicing and time management

    20/03/2020 Duración: 17min

    We just recorded the previous episode with the question sent by Rebecca about the articulation of “D Minor Toccata and Fugue” by Bach , and Rebecca’s question sort of continues in this episode. Okay, so she writes she has problems with: “Sticking with a schedule of practicing. Time management.” And also: “Pieces to play for an organ recital? Suggestions as to what would make a good program? I feel somewhat limited in what I can play. (I played piano during my early years, and I am semi retired at this point. However, I LOVE to play and I want to challenge myself to do a recital. I am thinking of the Bach piece, which has not been done in our recital programs in the last year and the ‘Westminster Carillon.’ Thank you for any input.”

  • SOPP571: I’m struggling with keeping all fingers on the keyboard

    SOPP571: I’m struggling with keeping all fingers on the keyboard

    17/03/2020 Duración: 10min

    This question was sent by Diana, and she writes: “I’m struggling with keeping all fingers on the keyboard”

  • SOPP578: Nicole Keller on Listening to a Lot of Other Music Besides Organ

    SOPP578: Nicole Keller on Listening to a Lot of Other Music Besides Organ

    15/03/2020 Duración: 40min

    ​Ms. Keller's extensive church music experience includes work in with volunteer and professional choirs and instrumental ensembles devoted to the highest level of music for worship. She is devoted to the development of amateur and volunteer choristers and musicians of every age level. Ms. Keller has created organ and choral scholar programs at small to mid size parishes, developed successful children's choir programs, and led choirs on tour including a residency at Bristol Cathedral in the UK in the summer of 2011 with concerts at Bath Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral. In April of 2011 Ms. Keller won first prize in the North American round of the Michael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition, earning a place in the second round in Kaliningrad, Russia in September. In Kaliningrad she was awarded the Special Shabyt Prize from the Kazakh National University of Arts in Astana, Kazakhstan for “the most promising organist for inspiration and luck” which included a recital in Astana and a CD recording.

  • SOPP574: In Total Organist I am learning a lot

    SOPP574: In Total Organist I am learning a lot

    15/03/2020 Duración: 14min

    This question was sent by Ruth. And she wrote an answer in return of my question in Total Organist community: How do you like Total Organist so far? And she wrote, "In Total Organist I am learning a lot, from reading of the experiences of organists around the world. I appreciate the opportunity to ask questions of them and also to listen to recordings of some of them."

  • SOPP572: It would be nice to have a tutorial with you talking about certain sections of BWV 565

    SOPP572: It would be nice to have a tutorial with you talking about certain sections of BWV 565

    11/03/2020 Duración: 14min

    This question was sent by Rebecca. And she writes: Thank you for your email. When I ordered the "Toccata and Fugue in d minor", by J.S.Bach, it would be nice to have a tutorial with you talking about certain sections of the piece. I studied with Roberta Gary at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and she introduced playing with a more 'detached' style or more suitable early organ music style of playing. With the Bach piece I am now working on, I don't know exactly how to play the opening section. I played the piece a long time ago, but it was before I studied with Dr. Gary. When listening to others play the piece, I wonder if I am making too much distinction between the notes by trying to accent the correct beats. Could you do a short tutorial on the piece to help me understand the correct articulation? V: So that was her first problem. And the second one is sticking with a schedule of practicing and time management. And the third one was pieces to play for an organ recital. ​Suggestions as to w

  • SOPP569: I have set a goal for myself to give a solo concert at my church in May

    SOPP569: I have set a goal for myself to give a solo concert at my church in May

    10/03/2020 Duración: 18min

    This question was sent by Laurie, who transcribes our podcasts into text. And she is also a member of Total Organist community. She writes, Hi Vidas, I have set a goal for myself to give a solo concert at my church in May. So I have started to practice some new, challenging repertoire, including the Bach Gigue Fugue (I downloaded your fingering and pedaling!) and Mulet's "Thou art the Rock." (or Tu es Petrus) Sometimes, it doesn't seem like I'm making much progress practicing, and it takes so much longer to learn something in my 50s than it did in my 20s or even 30s. But.... My sight reading (and general playing) of our choir anthems is easier and better. And even my typing for your podcasts is going faster and smoother for me, since I started to practice slowly and carefully. So, yes --- when you practice, miracles happen. Thanks for all you do for organists around the world, even those of us who don’t often post in Basecamp or enter contests. Love to Ausra, as well. You are lucky to have

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