Vidas: Hello and welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast!
Ausra: This is a show dedicated to helping you become a better organist.
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.
V: So now let’s jump in and get started with the podcast for today.
A: We hope you’ll enjoy it!
V: Hi guys! This is Vidas.
A: And Ausra.
V: Let’s start episode 594 of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast. This question was sent by Ruth, who is our Total Organist student, and she writes:
“I am learning a lot about new ways of playing organ, etc. from taking this course. This must be one of the finest courses of its kind on the Internet. Please recall though that some of us are still learning like "wee kids" about the new ways you and others have of using electronic methodology and media. Please hold on to your patience and call forth your skills for teaching us. Thanks. Blessings.
V: That’s a very nice message. Right?
A: Yes, it is a very nice message. Thank you, Ruth!
V: I’m very grateful to Ruth, that she is learning a lot from this program, the Total Organist program, and she is involved, now, in the Total Organist community, answering questions, giving advice to other members and supporting each other. This is extremely helpful to everyone in the group.
A: Yes, to the entire community.
V: What do you think would be the next step for Ruth to learn and progress maybe faster than she was on her own or maybe go to the next level of organ playing?
A: Well, usually, you could either increase your practice time…
V: ...or you could increase the efficiency of your practice.
V: To me, sometimes it’s not so much about time but about a goal. Right? The question of why we are practicing the organ. Why are we practicing the organ, Ausra?
A: That’s a hard question during the quarantine. Usually you have due dates. Your recital is coming up, and you have to push forward to be able to get ready for it.
V: Do you have a new recital, too, during the quarantine?
A: Well yes, I had it… there is the one that we have done on-line.
V: Are you preparing for the next?
A: Well yes, I am.
V: So, where I am going with this… this goal, this external motivation, does it give you some push when it come to sitting down on the organ bench?
A: Yes, of course. Otherwise I would just spend the entire day in my bed doing nothing.
V: Me, too. So yeah, the best advice I could give to Ruth and anyone who is already doing great work on the organ but wants to do even better, I think, to play it in public—at least for your family. If you’re not comfortable playing for strangers, just play it for your family, and don’t make the mistake that you’re not good enough to play for your family.
A: Do you think your family will appreciate it?
V: You are my family! Yes, you would appreciate it. You could play a short recital for your own spouse, or your parents or your friends, if they...
A: Or for your pets. I think that’s the best way.
A: Yes. At least they won’t complain.
V: Hmm… I haven’t thought about that, but yes! They would be grateful. They would jump on the keyboards, probably, to help you out!
A: Well, if you have a cat that might be the case, but with a dog, I don’t think you should worry about it.
A: But I think the nicest listeners would be pet fish!
V: Oh, they never complain.
V: Yeah, just imagine that it’s a real concert, and record yourself. That’s also very important, because you never know. Maybe you will play well, and you can use this recording later on! I actually played a lot of… we both played probably hundreds of recitals during the years. Right? Have you ever counted?
A: No, I have never counted.
V: Sometimes I wish I had counted, and I don’t remember my programs now. I wish I could remember, have written down someplace, and now I would take this notebook and check all that I’ve played 10 or 20 years ago. Maybe I could repeat some things. What I played at the academy of music, I don’t remember most of them, that’s very helpful. But what I’m talking about is that when you record yourself, even if you don’t publish it, maybe the time will come in the future, 5 or 10 years from not, when you think, “Oh, it’s good enough,” your self worth will be good enough to publish those recitals, let’s say on YouTube, on your own YouTube channel. And I wish I had recorded my average recital, at least in audio, now. I didn’t always have the camera. Now we have several cameras, right? We can do high quality recordings. And good microphones, I didn’t have those early on. But it was still an evidence, but I didn’t record those. Do you regret those things, Ausra?
A: Not so much, because, anyway, I wouldn’t have time to listen to them all and to analyse them.
V: But what if you had all those archives and you could upload them to YouTube today?
A: Well, yes, that would be nice, actually, yes.
V: You see? That’s what I’m talking about. At the time, it wasn’t important.
A: At that time, we had no access to any kind of recording devices. We were poor… very poor.
V: And we didn’t even have the mindset to look for those devices. Maybe there was some kind of portable device that was affordable, but I was not thinking about that, let’s say, 20 years ago, when I was a student. Imagine that. When we were a student, we would have thousands of recordings now on YouTube, but mentality changes not that fast, I think. So my advice for Ruth and others is to do it now! To record yourself and have this archive, even if you’re not publishing today for others, to listen and to watch, but maybe there will come a time in the future where you will upload those recordings for others to see. What do you think, Ausra?
A: Yes, I think this would be a great idea.
V: Thank you guys for listening and for sending us your questions; we love helping you grow. This was Vidas.
A: And Ausra,
V: And remember, when you practice,
A: Miracles happen.
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