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Conversations about all things organ playing. Vidas Pinkevicius' talks with internationally renown 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.

Conversations about all things organ playing. Vidas Pinkevicius' talks with internationally renown 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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Vilnius, Lithuania

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Conversations about all things organ playing. Vidas Pinkevicius' talks with internationally renown 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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@vidpinkus

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English


Episodes

SOPP269: A program suggestion for the organ with general and divisional pistons and toe stops

8/14/2018
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This question was sent by Howard and he writes: One suggestion I have for your program is to diversify the focus to other kinds of instruments especially large British and American instruments that have pistons and toe studs. A program on the recommended piston settings for a ~30 min recital on an organ with say 6 General and 6 each of Divisional pistons would be great. Thanks.

Duration:00:16:14

SOPP268: Solutions for back and neck pain when playing the organ

8/14/2018
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This question was sent by Lorelei. She writes: Dear Vidas, I think it might not be a bad idea considering my case, to do a podcast or an article on how to keep the back and neck pain free and hopefully injury free while practicing piano and organ etc. I must say I have in the last 5 weeks a very keen interest in the subject. Thank you for your well wishes and again, thank you for your wonderful contribution to the music world. Lorelei, our Total Organist student.

Duration:00:16:00

SOPP267: What software do I use to create my musical compositions?

8/14/2018
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This question was sent by Heidi and she writes: ​ May I ask you if you use a software program to create your musical compositions? If so, I would be interested in knowing what you use, and if it is somewhat intuitive or what I’d call, “user friendly". I own Sibelius but haven’t used it since taking Theory in 2009. Hope all is well with you both, Heidi

Duration:00:16:37

SOPP266: It’s important, for organists to show people the instrument

8/14/2018
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This question was sent by Dan. He writes, in response to my question about how he became fascinated with the organ. So he continues: For me, I’d say even back then when I was really young, I had an interest, and fascination in the organ. And as I still do to this day, whenever I’d hear the organ played at the church i’d attended at the time, which had really nice, excellent acoustics, i’d listen to every little detail of the organist’s playing. Some friends of ours had one of those little...

Duration:00:14:44

SOPP265: The tempo of Alla breve section of BWV 532

8/13/2018
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This question was sent by Andrea. And Andrea writes: Hello Ausra and Vidas, Thanks for your hints and the talks you share with us! I would like to know your opinion about the prelude in D, BWV 532, from JSB, a piece I run into a few days ago, after years of oblivion past the days I studied it... As we know, the piece is divided into three parts, the second of which is marked Alla breve. What do you think about the tempo to be kept in this section? Shall we keep "Alla breve" as an indication...

Duration:00:16:14

SOPP264: Types of liturgical pieces for organ

8/11/2018
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This question was sent by David. And he writes: Dear Vidas and Ausra. It seems to me that there are basically 5 types of music that the organist has to be ready to play in church other than accompanying hymns and choir anthems. They are: Preludes, Postludes, offertories, introits, and interludes. Perhaps interludes aren't so common in most churches now. What are the important aspects to know about each of those in order for the organist to select or improvise an appropriate piece of music...

Duration:00:17:58

SOPP262: I'm slowly regaining my skills

8/7/2018
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This question was sent by T. P. Johnston, Jr. He writes: I'm age 66. Was a professional organist during my high school years. Had been away from the organ for about 40+ years until our church purchased a new Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organ, 4 manuals. Very nice instrument. So I've been working to rebuild my skills. They are coming back, but very slowly. Am only able to practice for 1 - 1/2 hours, 3 days per week, so probably won't ever get all my skill level back. But I'm making progress. Your...

Duration:00:16:59

SOPP263: About pedal points

8/6/2018
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This question was sent by Ron. Hi Vidas, Do I have this right? Pedal point, as the vertical column of numbers below the chords, which can be 3s, 5s, 4s, 6s, 9s., flat whatevers to the root? Also, more than one, even two, three, four pedals held down at a time, sustained over the chords or measures? So, a 4 below a 6 in CM would be the F and A pedals, held down? A 5 and a flat 9 (flat 2nd an octave lower) would be G and D flat, maybe held down under some other dissonant chord like fourth...

Duration:00:16:12

SOPP261: I wonder if you have had the experience of playing music from a tablet?

8/4/2018
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This question was sent by Neil. He writes: Hello Vidas. Thank you for all the wonderful fingered compositions you publish on your store for which I have purchased a number of. I’ve decided to purchase an iPad with a hope to play a number of the pdf files via Forscore. I wonder if you have had the experience of playing music from a tablet?

Duration:00:13:29

SOPP260: Our Experience Of Playing At St. Paul's Cathedral In London

8/4/2018
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Today, Ausra and I are going to talk a little bit about our recent trip to London, to play at St. Pauls Cathedral.

Duration:00:26:27

SOPP259: I now want to take my piano playing to a concert pianist level

8/1/2018
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This question was sent by Krampah and he writes: Thanks so much Vidas, for your advice piano playing, I can accompany hymns and quite a number of anthems for my church, I now want to take my piano playing to a concert pianist level, I have played through a couple pianoforte tutors, will I be in a rush if I am to take Handel Messiah's pieces and play through them, or I should work more with the beginner pianoforte tutors to sharpen my sight reading before?.... Thanks in advance for any...

Duration:00:15:40

SOPP258: You inspired me to "go public" with my journey learning organ improvisations

8/1/2018
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This question was sent by Ben, and he writes: Hi Vidas, I just wanted to send you a quick thank-you note. Not only did I learn many a piece with your fingerings, and carefully read your newsletters and listen to your podcasts, but you inspired me to "go public" with my journey learning organ improvisations. Last week I posted my "organ/music diary" (http://my-music-diary.com) to some online organ groups. I've already gotten plenty of hits and great feedback. ​But just wanted to let you...

Duration:00:19:03

SOPP257: please teach me to do full pedaling in organ

7/31/2018
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This question was sent by Glaiza. And Glaiza writes, “Hi, please teach me to do full pedaling in organ.”

Duration:00:17:04

SOPP256: My Boellmann’s Suite Gothique performance at church went alright

7/31/2018
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This question was sent by Jeremy. And he writes: "My Boellmann’s Suite Gothique performance at church went alright. Everything felt comfortable before the service, but some wrong notes crept in during the service, particularly in the Minuet. The Priere went really well. One small mistake that is bothering me occurred at the transition into the g minor section. A parishioner did approach me afterwards and thanked me, which was really nice."

Duration:00:15:44

SOPP255: Most difficult are the physical challenges and the lack of motivation to practice

7/24/2018
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This question was sent by Heidi and she writes: Since I have imposed upon you again with a lengthy answer to what I’m sure you thought was a question that would have a succinct reply, I will reduce my desires into a few bullet points: (although I’m glad you know a little bit more about who I am) * I wish to expand my grasp of Theory to enable me to learn Improvisation * Most difficult are the physical challenges and the lack of motivation to practice because I get discouraged when I...

Duration:00:15:05

SOPP254: How to find people who are interested in your music?

7/24/2018
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This question was sent by Gene, from http://generoberson.com and Steve from http://organbench.com. They want to know, “how to find people who are interested in your music.”

Duration:00:16:42

SOPP253: I am enjoying very much browsing your Course Materials and making downloads

7/24/2018
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This question was sent by Heidi, and she writes: Dear Vidas and Ausra, I am enjoying very much browsing your Course Materials and making downloads. My situation involves the fact that my children are grown, and my grandchildren are grown, the youngest is 14 years. For so many years having children and grandchildren blessed me with much to look forward to on a daily basis and kept me very busy. I am less busy with them now, and so I think God put Vidas in my life to give me the courage to...

Duration:00:20:17

SOPP252: Speed is a wonderful gift to have, but speed is an illusion

7/18/2018
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This question was sent by Steve and he writes: Good morning Vidas, Another very fine podcast topic, very helpful, and thank you for posting. A couple of additional thoughts came to my mind as I listened to the podcast ... When I pedal this piece, I keep in mind the type of organ for which it was written. On French organs there's a stiffness in the pedals, because of linkage, that makes it a little more difficult to use the heels in rapid passages. Using the toes allows you to lean into the...

Duration:00:15:59

Practicing very slowly Two-Part Invention in C Minor, BWV 779 by J.S. Bach

7/18/2018
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Practicing very slowly Two-Part Invention in C Minor, BWV 779 by J.S. Bach by Vidas Pinkevicius

Duration:00:21:39

Improvising on Genevan Psalm 32

7/18/2018
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Improvising on Genevan Psalm 32 by Vidas Pinkevicius

Duration:00:11:38