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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.
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V: Hi guys! This is Vidas.
A: And Ausra.
V: Let’s start episode 627 of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast. This question was sent by Abe, and he writes,
I had a stroke which hit my left hand very hard. It is slow and lazy. Any suggestions?
V: Well, I’m sorry to hear about Abe’s condition. To have a stroke is always very painful, right Ausra?
A: Yes, I guess so. I haven’t had a stroke yet, but my mom had sort of a mild stroke when we were studying at the United States. But because she’s connected with medicine, because she graduated from the medical school herself, and worked in the healthcare system for all her life, she understood right away what is happening, and my father took her very fast to hospital, and basically she didn’t have any...
A: Complications, yes.
V: Side effects?
A: Side effects. And now she lives just a normal life.
V: Mm hm.
A: But the bad thing about strokes is that they tend to repeat themselves.
V: What causes strokes, do you know? How to prevent them, I mean, in the future?
A: If things would be so easy, I think nobody would have them. But in general, you just have to apply the healthy lifestyle, to lead the healthy lifestyle. To avoid stress, to eat healthy, to exercise, and of course to avoid stress, which is almost impossible, but…
V: You said that twice.
A: But I think this is the most important.
V: (laughs) I see. So playing organ, is it stressful, or not?
A: For some people might be.
A: Well, if you have important recital…
V: Oh, if you are playing in public, you mean.
V: And people depend on you playing well and they paid tickets perhaps - maybe not. But nowadays, public recitals are kind of, with real audience is kind of on hold, right, because of the pandemic?
A: Yes. But you know to answer Abe’s question seriously, I think we should know more a little bit about his condition, really. How it happened, was it connected to organ playing? And in general, I think he needs to consult his physician, because maybe he’s not allowed to play the organ because of what might happen.
V: You mean sitting in one position for extended period of time can cause some complications?
A: Yes, I think it’s not good for your blood circulation.
V: Uh huh. Well, if you’re sitting in front of TV, what’s the difference?
A: Well, I think it’s healthier to sit at the organ because you’re moving your legs and your arms while doing that. Not like watching TV.
V: And also thinking - your brain is working.
A: True. But in any way I would suggest not to take things too hard on yourself, and to take things easy actually, whatever you do. Plus, we don’t know what kind of stroke it was. If it was one time of where you have your blood…
V: Uh huh. I know what you mean. So basically, yeah, Abe should tell us more about it. Until then, he should consult the physician, and of course take physical therapy. Wouldn’t it help?
A: Yes, it might help, but of course it should be measured by…
V: Your doctor.
A: ...your doctor, yes. Because as I said before, strokes tend to repeat themselves.
V: Mm hm.
A: So doing too much might do side effects for you.
V: I would probably also have frequent breaks between organ practice sessions. Not practice more than 25 minutes at a time. Even less, probably.
A: It might be too much, 25 minutes. Maybe 10 or 15.
V: Yeah. Stop before you’re tired. Before, not after. When you’re still feeling good, you have to stop. Which is kind of counter intuitive. But that’s less risky.
A: Yes, yes. But in general, I think it’s beneficial to practice still to keep practicing, and try to work with that left hand a little bit in order to improve it. It might never be the same as it was before, but it might improve.
V: Yeah. You could take my left hand training course, right?
A: If it wouldn’t be too hard and too much.
V: With one hand only, you see? One voice. It’s an excerpt from Bach’s trio sonatas. What can happen from trio sonatas, Ausra?
A: I think a lot could happen, because of the trio sonatas, they are very hard.
V: What’s the worst that could happen? You can.. Yeah, but I transposed them in many keys. It’s not only in original keys, but throughout the circle of fifths, so sort of additional benefit is you will learn to play in those keys. You can obviously play it with your right hand and with the pedals if you want one octave lower or two octaves lower in the bass clef. But always keep listening to how your body feels. Right, Ausra?
A: Yes, I think it’s very important.
V: Probably it’s important if you’re relatively healthy, too - to always listen to your body.
A: You know, strokes come really unexpectedly and suddenly. And you might not get any warning before that. It happens to healthy people every day.
V: Drinking fluids - does it help in avoiding, preventing strokes?
A: Yes, I think this is one of the things that you have to do.
V: Mm hm. So you see, we are not certified doctors, but we have some suggestions. But obviously if you need more, or more specialized advice, consult your physician. All right, guys. Please send us more of your questions. We love helping you grow. And remember, when you practice,
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I will analyze just one more hymn for this Thanksgiving weekend. This time the tune is called CLAUDIUS (We Plow the Fields, And Scatter). Hope you will enjoy it! I'm using the Sauer organ sample set from Chemnitz made by Sonus Paradisi on my Hauptwerk setup.
I'm excited to present to you my next live organ recital. I'm playing it on the Sauer organ sample set in Chemnitz made by Sonus Paradisi and my Hauptwerk setup. Hope you will enjoy it!
1. Trumpet Tune by Graham Twist
Score: write to the composer at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 546 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Score with fingering and pedaling:
3. Meditation by Gabriel Dupont
4. Fantasie en Fuga, Psalm 72:11 "Zijn Naam moet eeuwig eer ontvangen" by Jan Zwart
5. Allegretto by Louis Vierne
6. Prelude No. 1 in C Major by Juozas Naujalis
7. Prelude No. 2 in G Major by J. Naujalis
8. Nun danket alle Gott, Op. 65 No. 59 by Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Score with fingering and pedaling:
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Nun danket alle Gott, Op. 135a, No. 18 by Max Reger is an easier choral prelude of the famous tune suitable for Thanksgiving. The other favourite is of course by S. Karg-Elert. So in this video, I will share with you my process of 7 steps in mastering this piece. If you repeat after me, you can achieve the same results. Hope you will enjoy it! I'm using the Sauer organ sample set from Chemnitz made by Sonus Paradisi on my Hauptwerk setup.
What kind of Thanksgiving it would be without the hymn tune OLD HUNDREDTH? In this video, I will analyze the chords in this beloved hymn setting. Hope you will enjoy it! I'm using the Sauer organ sample set from Chemnitz made by Sonus Paradisi on my Hauptwerk setup.
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Last September I opened my account on Emanate, a new Australian audio streaming platform which aims to reward musicians fairly, instantly and directly. The process was very simple, like on any social media platform, I had to supply my email address and create a password. Once I did this, I was able to start uploading my music. After 10 years of making music on YouTube luckily I had plenty of material to chose from. In October, I uploaded some of more recent tracks, like:
Adagio by Alessandro Marcello
Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Sarabande by Louis Couperin
Adagio by Tomaso Albinoni
Adagio by CPE Bach
Aria by Christoph Willibald Gluck
It takes a few days for a track to be reviewed by the Emanate team but once it's done, it's public and you can share it with your fans. In the upload process I can specify, if I'm the only beneficiary or some other users should receive any portion of track's earnings. This is especially useful, if the piece is a collaboration, like chamber, choral, even orchestral music. Up to 50 people can split the rewards in any percentage.
Emanate is a new platform and right now there aren't many people interested in organ music or even in classical music so I had to share my tracks with my existing network on social media and email newsletter subscribers.
It's important to note that Emanate encourages genuine fan engagement and prohibits any type of play manipulation, as can be seen in their Terms and Conditions. They are constantly monitoring user activity for play manipulation and have frozen a number of users suspected of cheating.
Having interacted with the Emanate team on their Discord channel showing interest with various questions, they put me on the testing group which allows users to cash out their earnings. To do that, I had to stake some EOS tokens for CPU and NET resources and connect my EOS account with Emanate via Scatter and stake 5000 EMT tokens to be eligible for Music Lover plan. For regular users this feature will be available soon.
The way the earnings are recorded for each second the track is played is that at first I can see my earnings in native MNX tokens. One MNX token represents $0.01 USD. As the number of my MNX tokens grows over time when my tracks get listened to, I can then convert them to EMT tokens in which process they become tradable on the EOSIO blockchain.
So on October 31, I made the first conversion of my 1906.1275 MNX tokens to 3947.0514 EMT tokens. At the time they were worth $19.06 USD but today because of token price fluctuation they are worth $17.37 USD. Still not bad considering this is just the beginning.
If you would like to start uploading your music to Emanate and share it with your fans, go to https://emanate.live, and carefully read Terms and Conditions before signing up. Even though you won't see your earnings yet, every stream is recorded into their system. Once it's ready to go public, all the information will be sorted out. Note, that to start, you don't have to have an EOS account or Scatter installed. This all can be done later when you are more comfortable with the tech.
If you want to listen to my organ music on Emanate, you can find me there at https://emanate.live/vidaspinkevicius And of course, send me your Emanate links to listen to and enjoy!
Yesterday was Christ the King Sunday and I've chosen DIADEMATA hymn setting to analyze. I will play the hymn once and talk about the chords, modulations and keys used in it. Hope you will enjoy it! I'm using the Sauer organ sample set from Chemnitz made by Sonus Paradisi on my Hauptwerk setup.
In this video you will hear my 3 improvisations called Quintadena from the cycle Organ ABC. My goal is to create a piece for every letter of the alphabet. I'm using Brasov organ sample set by Sonus Paradisi and Quintatön 8' stop of the Oberwerk. Which one do you like more than others?
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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