Dear Secrets of Organ Playing friends!
For those of you who would like to skip to the clicking part, feel free to scroll to the bottom of this message. There is a short poll. For the rest, please read on.
The new year means a new beginning, right?
In order to motivate you to practice more and advance in organ playing faster, Ausra and I are thinking of starting Secrets of Organ Playing Contest on the Steem blockchain where participants would be rewarded for their entries with our upvotes and 3 winning entries that we select would receive prizes in Steem currency.
The idea for this contest is sort of an open mic with a freedom of what you can submit: any organ piece, any improvisation, any hymn or any exercise. The entries can be of any length.
This way basically anyone who plays the organ can participate regardless of taste or technical level of advancement or experience.
The only limitation is that your entry must be played by you.
Basically what you would need to do is to record yourself playing the organ, say the magic word (which will be announced for each week's round) so that we would know it's specifically created for this contest, upload the recording to YouTube or DTube, make a post about it on your Steem profile and put a link of your post as a comment to my contest announcement post on Steem.
Steem has recently upgraded their blockchain so that existing users with sufficient amount of stake could create new accounts instantly. What this means is that you would just need to send me an email asking me to create your account on Steem for you and specify what profile name would you like to get. It doesn't have to be your real name, of course. Then I will send you your newly generated account password and you will be ready to post on Steem.
You could obviously create a Steem account yourself on steemit.com, but verification process this way takes about 2 weeks. Not many people will want to wait that long.
Please keep in mind that currently we only have the capacity to create 20 new accounts so if you really want to get it, let me know right away. First come, first served. Additional new accounts can be added later at a rate of about 3 per day.
At first we would organize this contest until February as a test to see if this works, if it's feasible, if there are enough funds and if there is enough interest from participants.
So in order to know at least the interest, we'd like to conduct a short poll where you would only need to click "Yes" or "No" as an answer. Very easy, simple and fast. Please submit your answer by the end of Sunday, December 30. Here it is:
Who is your favorite singer?
We will announce the poll results and if there is enough interest, the contest with detailed rules for participation on Monday, December 31.
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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.