4 Tips for Hymn Playing on the Organ
The foundation of responsibilities of every church organist is hymn playing. Although solo organ music might be desired and even required during services, the majority of music performed at church is hymns. Hymn playing has its own rules, techniques, and traditions which the organist must know in order to perform them well. In this article, I will give you my advice on how to play hymns on the organ.4 Ways to Develop Hand and Foot Independence in Organ Playing
The vast majority of organ music is polyphonic. This means that it consists of two or more independent melodies which comprise the composition. For an organist, playing such music can be a real challenge. Not only one has to play the correct notes and rhythms but also to achieve the precision of articulation in each part. This requires developing advanced hand and foot independence.5 Techniques Which Help to Develop Correct Organ Practice Habits
Any organist wants to achieve a high level of success in organ playing. Achieving this level requires developing good practice habits. In this article, I will give you top 5 techniques that will help you to take your organ playing to the next level.Organ Technique: Four Common Pedal Playing Mistakes
Although every organist wants to have a perfect pedal technique, many of them make similar mistakes. These mistakes inhibit the progress of an organist and form incorrect playing habits. The quality of the music also becomes not as good as it could be. Therefore, it is important to recognize these mistakes and try to correct them.What Are the Steps to Master the Fugue in G Minor, BWV 578 by JS Bach on the Organ?
The Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 is one of the best known fugues by Bach. Although usually called “Little” we should not underestimate its artistic quality. Because of its length, medium tempo, clear texture, and fairly easy pedal part, this piece might be accessible to organists with modest organ playing skills. It is written early in composer’s career, most likely while he was an organist in Arnstadt around 1707. In this article, I will show you how to master this wonderful composition.How to Coordinate the Left Hand and Pedals in Hymn Playing on the Organ
For many organists who come to the organ after some years of piano studies, playing hymns poses certain challenges. One of the most obvious problems is being able to play independent tenor part in the left hand. This is because for pianists the left hand very often symbolizes the bass line which on the organ is usually performed in the pedals. This article will show you how to coordinate the left hand and the pedal part while playing hymns on the organ.How to Achieve Natural Phrasing in Organ Playing
Just like the correct articulation helps to achieve clarity and precision in the performance, the right phrasing can help emphasize structurally important points in the piece. It is precisely phrasing which can give much desired natural flow and life to the organ composition. Moreover, phrasing will help the listener to understand the form of the piece. In this article, I will give you the advice on how to choose the best phrasing in organ playing.How to Get Better at Guitar – Song Selection
Sometimes new guitar players who aims to create their own solos try to play far too many notes in their guitar licks. But a great guitar solo has good spacing between notes. One good example is to give time not playing during solos as you do playing notes…How to Improvise on Piano – 4 Helpful Hints for Honing Your Creative Mind
Improvising is all about creating variation. It’s about taking an idea and saying it in a certain way or style. The goal in the end is to be able to create purely imaginative melodies and rhythms from the depths of your mind. Here are some helpful tips to hone your mind in order to get yourself mentally ready for creating your own music on the fly.Acoustic Guitar Lessons – Is It That Important To Buy A Really Expensive Guitar?
After watching a great blues guitar performance, one of the most common questions that comes by the audience is ‘what kind of guitar is that’? This reflects a common misconception about a musician’s performance, basically that it’s the instrument and not the guitarist that is responsible for the music! Never mind all the guitar lessons and hundreds of hours practicing!Some Great Classical Acoustic Guitar Options For Players Of All Levels
When first beginning the search for a new instrument, the amount of available information can often make the task seem daunting, especially in the case of the classical acoustic guitar. However, with the right information this process can be painless and even fun. Below I have compiled a list of a few great classical acoustic guitar options for both beginning musicians and seasoned players simply looking to add another instrument to their collection.New Engineer, New Singer and What You Need to Know
So let’s say your studio is up and running now and clients are wanting you to record them. So you record their tracks and now it’s time for the vocal tracks and your singer is new and so are you.