Imagine you had played your first church service in a long time.
How did you feel? Of course, it was scary.
Was it scary as scary-so-much-that-I-will-never-do-it-again manner?
Or was it scary as scary-but-felt-like-one-day-I-can-manage-my-fear manner?
All in all it seems to me it's a success, regardless of how you felt. It's a start. Next time it will be easier for you to look in the eye of the members of your congregation and have an honest chat about how it went and how you felt.
Believe me, most of them are rooting for you.
Just keep at it.
Practice the pedal style of playing in parallel with the piano style of playing but play without pedals during church services for now. With time, you will be brave enough to try it out in public.
Again, it's wading into the sea, not jumping head first. Train yourself to adjust the stress level to comfortable levels more and more one measure at a time.
Imagine that a hymn has 16 measures (which is often the case). If you can play just one measure without panicking the next Sunday, this would be a great start.
Add one extra measure in each of your hymns performed in a calm manner and in ONLY 16 weeks you will have no FEAR in playing hymns for church services left.
Just one calm measure for now.
Can you do it?
[Thanks to Katharine who bravely said Yes! in playing for church services and did it although feeling terrified.]
Ausra's Harmony Exercise:
Practice transposing ascending sequence in C major at the interval of M2. The chords: V-V7-Anticipation in the soprano-I (see video example below).
Clemens had a similar question as Victoria earlier: what does D43 or D42 mean?
D43 or V43 is the the second inversion of the dominant seventh chord in C major: D-F-G-B. Resolution C-E-G-C (tonic chord) It always consists of intervals m3-M2-M3.
D42 or V42 is the third inversion of the same chord, the notes in C major F-G-B-D. Resolution E-G-C-C (tonic first inversion chord with double root). It always consists of intervals M2-M3-m3.
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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.