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Become a Paid Subscriber: https://anchor.fm/secretsoforganplaying/subscribe Creators of Secrets of Organ Playing, Dr. Vidas Pinkevicius and Dr. Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene answer your questions about organ playing.

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Vilnius, Lithuania

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Become a Paid Subscriber: https://anchor.fm/secretsoforganplaying/subscribe Creators of Secrets of Organ Playing, Dr. Vidas Pinkevicius and Dr. Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene answer your questions about organ playing.

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@vidpinkus

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English


Episodes

SOPP686: "As of January, I became the Director of Music, a position I had never expected to hold"

6/22/2022
This question was sent by Robin, and she writes: Hello, I am a singer first and a pianist second. . . and an organist very much third! I was asked last September to serve as a short-term substitute pianist for a church whose organist had fallen and injured herself. The piano playing was easily accomplished with my existing skills. After a short time, the organist decided that it was time to retire, and the organist job became available permanently, and it was offered to me. I made it...

Duration:00:16:05

SOPP683: I want to play a full public organ recital on a fine instrument

5/25/2022
This question was sent by Gena, and she is our Total Organist community member. She has sent me her answer to the question what is her dream in organ playing for the next three months and also what are some of her challenges. So she writes: “Thank you! 1. Full public organ recital on fine instrument here in FL. Program pieces have been gradually prepared over several years. 2. Currently putting all keyboard efforts into the next full piano recital Shall We Dance. Have a professional...

Duration:00:14:35

SOPP681: I plan to buy a used electronic organ

5/11/2022
This question was sent by Dimi, and he writes about his dreams and the challenges that he is facing. So: “1. I dream to play at my future organ romantic and baroque pieces, but not only that. 2. I plan to buy a used electronic organ (Ahlborn DS series, 2 manual+pedal) and I haven't found the owner manual and the service manual online, I looked on some forums and sent emails to Ahlborn website, but so far no answer. The price is €250. I can (barely) afford it, it is about 39% of my...

Duration:00:13:45

SOPP684: My dream is to be able to play well enough that what I'm playing is recognisable

5/4/2022
This question was sent by Scott, and he writes My dream is to be able to play well enough that what I'm playing is recognizable. You see, I was once a church organist for 20+ years, until I had my first stroke on January 1, 1999. Two more strokes followed in 2013, so I have had 2 strokes paralyzing my dominant right side and 1 stroke weakening my left side and making it greatly uncoordinated. Now I play for physical therapy, but I can't find any easy music for my left hand and left foot...

Duration:00:10:57

SOPP682: Since organ playing is my hobby, I can only devote maybe an hour a day to practice (sometimes even less)

4/27/2022
This question was sent by Martin, and he writes Dear Vidas, I really enjoy receiving your emails and watching your Youtube channel. From early childhood, I always admired organ music and organists. In church, I would always go up to watch how the organ was played. I grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia, and listening to the organ in the big Lutheran church was quite an experience (4 manual, 62 stops). It was always my dream to play it. Alas, my life took a different path and I now live in...

Duration:00:16:00

SOPP680: My dream is to play Buxtehude and Bach reasonably well and to be able to improvise simple but beautiful melodies for the church service

4/20/2022
This question was sent by Rolf, and he writes his answer to my question, What is his dream in organ playing right now, and also what are some obstacles in reaching this dream? So, 1. Playing Buxtehude and Bach reasonably well and being able to improvise simple but beautiful melodies for the church service. 2. Earlier there were three things: time, money and lack of knowledge. Since I am retired two things: money and lack of knowledge. I can study well on my own and there are plenty...

Duration:00:14:19

SOPP679: "I want to tell you that I am studying this wonderful Praeludium in C from JS Bach, using your tips"

4/13/2022
This question was sent by Rolf, and he writes: “Hi Vidas Very good wishes for you both! I want to tell you that I am studying this wonderful Praeludium in C from JS Bach, using your tips. Especially the tip cutting the piece in 4 bars and not making any mistake by playing slower, it’s working! In fact it goes faster and it’s giving me a lot of pleasure, thank you very much!! I will support your beautiful work of course. Greetings from Groningen Rolf”

Duration:00:09:56

SOPP673: I am almost 72 years old and have not played for nearly 30 years

4/6/2022
This question was sent by Louise, and she answers my questions of what is her dream in organ playing, and what is holding her back from achieving that dream. So she writes: “1) My dream is to be able to play well enough that people would enjoy and be blessed by my playing. 2) What is holding me back? A) my age. I am almost 72 yrs old and have not played for nearly 30 yrs; B) I do not have weekly lessons; only when my teacher has time. He is a college professor. I cannot afford tuition....

Duration:00:10:43

SOPP677: Did you have problems with your back due to organ playing, or do you know other people that had the same problem?

3/30/2022
This question was sent by Miguel, and he is in our Total Organist community plus he takes private lessons with me, and one time he wrote this message: “My back was quite painful, but now I'm fully recovered and practicing again. Part of the problem was sitting for too long, apart from the 8 hours a day I sit for my computer work at the bank. I sit an hour or two on a bench with no back support. The physio also told me that the movements of the legs on the pedals have a toll on the...

Duration:00:10:09

SOPP678: I also bought that organ this year but I don't know what registrations you played the music with

3/23/2022
This question was sent by Hubertus, and he writes, Hello Ausra, Heard your demo of the Alessandria organ with interest. Thank you for hearing you play on that. However, I am 75 and do not yet have enough experience to distinguish what those sounds for registrations entail, because I only started playing about 13 years ago, the total overview is missing. I also bought that organ this year, but I don't know what registrations you played the music with. Is it possible to use the "Simple"...

Duration:00:13:31

SOPP675: I want to play easier pieces well... rather than difficult pieces badly!

3/16/2022
This question was sent by Stephen, and he writes: “I love the Zipoli Pastorale...!!! Thank you... Zipoli is one of my favorite early Baroque composers!” Vidas: I wrote to him, “Thanks Stephen! What other composers do you like?” And Stephen writes: “In a more contemporary "vein" I am fond of Dale Wood's music. There are passages in his work that require a legato technique especially with chords...Sometimes I am at a loss as to how best to play them...finger substitution..but which is...

Duration:00:16:00

SOPP676: My goal is to be able to play a wide selection of easy to moderate standard organ pieces suitable for service use.

2/16/2022
This question was sent by Nick, and he answers my question, “What is your dream in organ playing in the next 3-6 months, and what are some challenges along the way?” So he writes, 1. To be able to play a wide selection of easy to moderate standard organ pieces suitable for service use. V: and challenges would be 2. Sight reading, sight reading and sight reading!

Duration:00:13:04

SOPP674: There is a huge part of me who would love to play again in public and there is the other part of me trying to be sensible, logical, and practical.

2/9/2022
This question was sent by Maureen, and she writes, I have been working on Christmas carols. There is a Catholic church 26 miles from my hometown needing an organist. I haven't played in public for a long time. Seeing this advert has given me renewed vigour to play with a definite purpose. There is a huge part of me who would love to play again in public and there is the other part of me trying to be sensible, logical, and practical. I would need daily access to the organ and the energy...

Duration:00:12:16

SOPP672: I’ve noticed that playing from a tablet, the pages seem to turn by themselves

2/2/2022
This question was sent by Gerrit, or, I don’t know how to pronounce it. If he’s Dutch, maybe “Herrit.” I would appreciate people maybe giving us feedback how to pronounce their names, right? Would be nice. So Gerrit writes: I’ve watched and listened to your performance of Duetto, Op. 156 No. 6 of Joseph Rheinberger. Thank you for that. It sounds beautiful. I have a question, maybe somewhat off topic, but I’ve noticed that playing from a tablet, the pages seem to turn by themselves. For...

Duration:00:13:57

SOPP671: I’m 75, and do know for myself, the very high difficulty of remembering my daily study already the next day.

1/26/2022
This question was sent by Hubertus, and he writes: “Hello Vidas and Ausra, As for getting informed with your very-very good advice etc. I admire your setup, and do respond to your questions as a moral obligation. As you probably remember from the last mail exchange, I’m 75, and do know for myself, the Very high difficulty of remembering my daily study already the next day. 13 years ago I started from scratch in music and organ play. I generally get only 1 to maybe max. Sometimes 2 hrs...

Duration:00:11:13

SOPP670: 10 Years of Secrets of Organ Playing

1/5/2022
This episode is very special, because this year we celebrate 10 years of “Secrets of Organ Playing” activities.

Duration:00:29:01

SOPP669: A few years ago, I bought a roll-up piano hoping that it would provide a means for me to practice on my airline trips

11/17/2021
This question was sent by Chad, and he writes, Hi Vidas, A few years ago, I bought a roll-up piano hoping that it would provide a means for me to practice on my airline trips. I desperately wanted to like it. But I HATED it! There was no tactile feel… No way to tell one key from the other. And the contacts didn’t work very well, so it was difficult to play the notes without tapping them pretty hard. But maybe there has been progress in their construction? Which one did you buy? You...

Duration:00:11:55

SOPP668: I would like to master a variety of organ music to be able to give a performance

11/10/2021
This question was sent by Mike, and he writes: “I would like to master a variety of organ music to be able to give a performance. The most important hurdles to overcome are: Being able to work on a consistent fingering to make passages flow smoothlyInterpretation of music, registration,Developing and knowing how to make a piece artistically “my own” instead of just playing notes. Many of your podcasts and notes are extremely helpful. Thank you for providing them.”

Duration:00:16:03

SOPP664: A lot of times, the instrument will teach you everything you need to know

10/6/2021
We have to take this saying with a grain of salt, because a lot of people today play at home with some kind of electronic instruments or virtual instruments, and in virtual instruments, the sound might be quite realistic, but the touch might be plastic. And it’s quite different from tracker touch in a real pipe organ situation. People might not necessarily discover on their own when they play their home organs.

Duration:00:10:57

SOPP666: Can you please clarify when using a thumb on black notes is or is not proper fingering”

9/29/2021
This question was sent by Bob, and he writes: “I have read in several places that using the thumb on the black notes is kind of frowned upon. The "Organ Playing Master Course" routinely calls for the thumb on a black note, can you please clarify when it is or is not proper fingering.”

Duration:00:06:52