The Art of the Duo – John Stowell & Tim Lerch – Thursday Tunes: Episode 52




The Differences Between a Conductor’s Sheet Music Stand and a Regular Musician’s Stand

Many sheet music stand advertisements designate certain stands as being conductors’ music stands. Have you ever wondered what actually makes a stand a “conductor’s” music stand? Learn about what distinguishes conductors’ music stands and what their added features and benefits are. Even if you are not a director, you might find that the better quality of conductors’ music stands best meets your musical needs as a performer.

Firewire Vs USB – Which Is Better for Audio Recording?

Firewire Vs. USB, an age old question (at least in the last few years when Firewire and USB became available). In this article we’re going to talk about the major differences between the two so that you have the facts and can decide which is a better system to work with for you.

The Four Pillars of Organ Playing

The road to achieving a high level in organ playing can be a lifelong journey. This is so because organist’s profession requires a person to have many skills. That is why people studying at universities and conservatories to become organists need to take many different music classes. Although all of them are vitally important to the aspiring organist, there are four which I consider indispensable.

Why Some Organists Have Performance Anxiety?

As organists we often have play in public. It could be services, weddings, funerals, even recitals, concerts, and organ demonstrations. However, for some organists, to play in front of other people can be a real stress. As you know, if we practice at home or any other place alone, our feelings and performance level can be much different than if we play for others.

How to Get Better at Reading Music on the Organ

Reading music can be a challenging task. Some people believe that this skill cannot be taught. This is not correct. Just like any other skill music reading can be taught, practiced, learned, and perfected. In this article I will discuss some of my personal favorite techniques how to get better at music reading. Use them regularly and over time it will get much easier to read musical scores and organ compositions.

How to Memorize Music Faster and Easier

Have you ever had a feeling that it is very hard to memorize music? Do you struggle to memorize a few measures and get stuck; or you memorize something and try to learn something new, you just can’t remember the first fragment; or you try to memorize the piece for weeks if not months and still it does work; or you think you have memorized something but when the time comes to play it public, something happens and you can’t remember most of the piece? Read on and you will know the answer how to memorize music easier and faster.

What Is the Secret to a Good Organ Pedal Technique?

Playing organ pedals can be a challenging task. All these fast moving passages with our feet can give the organist much trouble and it can be frustrating to learn difficult pedal lines. However, there is one secret to overcome challenging pedal parts and develop a superb pedal technique.

What Is the Fastest Way to Advance in Organ Playing?

Do you ever think about how much time it will take to reach the next level in organ playing? Of course, we all want to progress as fast as possible. We want to be able play those virtuoso organ pieces that master composers like Widor, Vierne, Franck, and others wrote. We wish to have the ability to master major polyphonic works by Bach and other Baroque composers. This article will show you the fastest way to achieve that level of competence.

How To Play The Guitar For Beginners

In writing an article on how to play the guitar for beginners, the best piece of advice to give anyone is ‘don’t give up’. As with learning any new skill, you’ll go through different phases from elation to frustration and back again. The most important thing to do is to keep going. You will get there. Let me tell you how I got started, because I’m sure that regardless of age many people experience something similar and his might just help you to push through the initial stages.

How to Learn Multiple Organ Pieces?

Many pieces in the organ repertoire are so beautiful that sometimes we can’t decide which one is our favorite for the moment. And often we have to practice several different pieces every day. This can happen if we prepare for a recital, church service, which might require prelude, offertory, communion, and postlude music. Even if you play the organ just because you like it, it might be a good idea to practice several different compositions. This article will show you how to do it.

How to Create Your Own Organ Practice Plan?

Because organ repertoire is so vast (the earliest surviving music is from the 14th century), we might sometimes get overwhelmed by the variety of compositions, composers, national schools, types of compositions, and historical periods. In this case, our wishes might be too broad for the moment. One day we might want to play this, another day – that. By doing so, we might even lose our motivation to play the organ in the long run. Therefore, we need to have an organ practice plan.

What Is the Secret in Mastering Any Organ Composition

In this article I would like to discuss the matter of finding the main principle how to practice and master any organ piece. If you know this principle, or secret, or method, you will have no difficulty in applying it to many different compositions regardless of the level of difficulty. If you practice but without being aware of this secret, then the chances to succeed are not as high.

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