Over the last 10 days, I spent every evening substituting for a colleague and playing for Masses at the little church of the Holy Cross here in Vilnius which houses a lovely 19th century organ with one manual an pedals.
It was a lot of fun, especially because I decided to improvise preludes, offertories, communion music and postludes. These are pieces lasting anywhere from 1 to 3 minutes. These short compositions traditionally could be called versets.
Here are a couple of examples of one in Bb major and another in E minor (In these videos you will see my fingers from up close).
I'm aware there are people among my readers who would find learning this kind of improvisation especially practical because they could apply these skills in their own service playing later on.
Luckily, I recorded everything (and much much more) and decided to create a video course called "Organ Verset Improvisation Master Course".
If you would be interested in learning this kind of verset improvisation on the organ and enhance your service playing, stay tuned for further details soon.
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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.