“Maiden Voyage” – John Stowell – Thursday Tunes: Episode 50

What Are 3 Pedal Mistakes Which May Slow Down Your Progress in Organ Playing?

Many organists who try to develop a perfect pedal technique struggle at their attempts. This is because either they do not know the correct methods of practice, or they lack patience or they simply make common mistakes in pedal playing. In this article, I will explain what these mistakes are and how to avoid them.

3 Tips for Organists Who Want to Achieve Accuracy in Playing the Pedals

If you are serious about organ playing, then you know how important it is to develop accuracy in playing the pedal part of your organ compositions. It it not easy to hit the right notes with your feet. Many organists struggle to avoid making mistakes in their pedal part. In this article, I will give you three tips which will help you to achieve accuracy in your playing.

4 Tips for Using Toe Studs Which Will Facilitate Registration Changes on the Organ

Changing organ registration can be a challenging task. Very often an assistant is needed to facilitate this task for an organist, especially on organs with mechanical action. However, organs equipped with solid state system or combination pistons make registration changes a relatively easy task. Such organs have possibility to make changes using thumb pistons with hands or toe studs with feet. An organist can program any desired registration in advance and activate it using a single piston or a toe stud. Today I would like to share with you some of my personal recommendations how to use toe studs for registration changes on the organ.

How to Develop Good Organ Practice Habits?

In order to learn any organ piece, regular practice is required. However, if you want to make some real progress in organ playing you need to develop good practice habits. Practicing sporadically or without a goal in mind will not get you very far. Every time you sit down on the organ bench, you have to practice correctly. Over time correct practice leads to correct practicing habits. In this article, I will teach you my favorite 10 techniques which will help you to develop good organ practice habits.

How to Apply Finger Crossing Technique on the Organ?

In organ playing, the basis of the modern technique is a legato touch. Finger crossing is one of the most powerful ways to achieve a perfect legato on the organ. We can use it where glissando or finger substitution is not the best option. In this article, I will teach you how to achieve a correct finger crossing technique on the organ.

Is It Possible to Practice Organ Playing Without an Organ?

For many adult organists having enough time during the day to practice the organ is perhaps one of the greatest challenges. I have written earlier about how to find time for organ playing. These tips might help you to realize that even when there is not much practice time available, playing organ is still possible. However, you will be surprised that actually organ practicing often can be done even without any organ at all. I hope people who have a very limited access to actual organ will find this article especially useful.

How Do You Find Time for Organ Playing and Practicing?

One of the most common reasons why people skip practicing the organ is that they don’t have enough time. With all other important tasks and activities during the day it seems impossible to squeeze that extra time needed for organ practice. People who work from 8 to 5 are often too exhausted to play the organ after work. Our families also require much attention. Is there any recipe or solution how to find time for organ playing? In this article, I will give you my advice on how to find time for organ playing.

Is It Better to Start Playing the Organ With Method Books or Organ Repertoire?

When beginners first decide to start playing the organ, they inevitably have a question: where to begin? Having an answer to this question is crucial to the advancement of an organist. Without a clear understanding of what are the strengths and weaknesses of any particular approach, it will be very difficult to succeed in developing one’s technique. In this article, I will give you pros and cons of the beginning of organ playing with method books vs. repertoire.

What Are The Most Common Mistakes in Pedal Organ Playing?

Pedal playing is arguably one of the most attractive skills that an organist needs. In order to develop a high level pedal technique, one has to practice pedal playing correctly. However, many people fail to move their pedal technique to the next level because of incorrect practicing habits. This article will focus on the most common mistakes in pedal playing.

How to Avoid These Mistakes in Your Pedal Playing on the Organ

If you want to develop good organ pedal technique, you have to know what the common pitfalls are and how to avoid them. Playing the organ and not being aware of these mistakes might slow down your progress as an organist. In this article, I will share with you my advice on how to overcome 3 common mistakes in organ pedal playing.

How Piano Practice Can Help Your Organ Playing

Organ technique can be developed through regular, smart, and persistent practice. One of the best ways to advance in organ playing is through piano practice. People who start playing the organ after some years of piano studies are definitely in better position than those who start directly from the organ. In this article, I will explain how piano practice can help your organ playing.

4 Ways to Improve Your Hymn Playing on the Organ

Hymn playing is the foundation of any church organist activities. In order to play the hymns correctly, you have to follow some basic techniques. In this article, I will share with you 4 simple ways which will help to improve your hymn playing on the organ.

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