Many of my subscribers know that I try to help organists advance in all areas of organ playing, including organ practice, organ technique, organ repertoire, sight-reading, pedal playing, music theory, harmony, hymn playing and registration but my highest ideal for you is to enter the world of improvisation, the world of creativity and perhaps even the world of composition because improvisation and composition are very closely related. What you can write down - you can also improvise.
So today I'm excited to introduce to you my new course on improvisation - Suite Improvisation Workshop. This is the course that I constructed out of recital I played for the group of French tourists who where excited about French organ sounds and French organ music.
I was planning to play the Mass for the Convents by Francois Couperin but when the time came, I realized I needed something shorter and something more colorful and maybe more modern, too. So I decided to improvise 6 pieces on the spot. The improvised result (watch the video below) became the foundation for this course.
So in this course there are 6 pieces, and each piece is divided into 3 sections. In each of the 18 videos you will hear me playing in slow motion, in half speed, so you can understand what's happening on the screen. While I'm playing, I will describe what I'm doing with melodies, rhythms, harmonies, registration, texture and other musical elements.These are the pieces that you will learn to improvise in this course:
1. PRELUDE 2. SCHERZO 3. ADAGIO 4. MARCH 5. CANTILENA 6. FINAL
This course will enable you to enter the new world of improvisation. It's not Baroque style, not polyphonic but very colorful French Modal style. Any of you can do this, even if it sounds modern.
I'll tell you a little secret: if you know a major (C-E-G) and minor (A-C-E) three-note chords, then you can work on pieces in this course. If you can transpose any major or minor chord into 12 different major and minor keys, then you are more than equipped to try your hand at improvisation.
Organ improvisation can be very complex - you can improvise sonatas, symphonies and fugues but it can be very simple as well - you can improvise entire sonatas based on major and minor chords only (and it will sound beautiful).
So this course is based on the simplest solutions that many of the organists can manage. Of course, it depends on your technical abilities. You can play with one hand, two hands, even with pedals on one or several manuals.
So I'm very excited at this opportunity to help you grow your creativity and I hope you will join me in this creative adventure.