It's been 3.5 years since I've been helping organists from all over the world reach their dreams in organ playing. If it wasn't for my loyal readers, I've never would have been able to provide tips, advice, and specialized training for organists. Right now we have a vibrant community of 2400+ subscribers to this blog, plus people who follow me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
It all started with humble beginnings (Stage 1) - around Christmas of 2011, I started posting articles with various advice on how to play the organ. Interaction with my subscribers led me to create various training programs later on. To help those people who are the most committed, in April 2013 I started my membership program - Total Organist. This was the beginning of Stage 2.
Now we are entering Stage 3 of Secrets of Organ Playing - SOP podcast interviews 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. These audio conversations and stories will definitely be inspiring to a lot of people from our community.
Be on the lookout for the SOP Podcast #1 on Sunday. I hope you are as excited as I am.
What I'm working on:
Writing in the chord symbols for Modulation Workshop Week 10. Editing SOP Podcast #1. Adapting Sonate No. 1 for Organ (1968) by Lithuanian composer Teisutis Makačinas for the great organ of Vilnius University St. John's church.Transposing setting "Jerusalem the Golden". Practicing Exercise No. 1a, from 12 Technical Polyphonic and Rhythmic Studies Op. 125 by Oreste Ravanello (HT to Leon). Preparing for improvisation recital on August 8 "The Little Mermaid" at my church. Composing "Morning in the Countryside".
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
Don't have an organ at home?
Download paper manuals and pedals, print them out, cut the white spaces, tape the sheets together and you'll be ready to practice anywhere where is a desk and floor. Make sure you have a higher chair.