Last Saturday, I met with Michael for another organ lesson. It had been 10 weeks since my last lesson! We did an experiment with “Crown Him with Many Crowns” which I share about at the end of this post.
Prelude and Fugue in F Major
I started my lesson with Prelude and Fugue in F Major. I am close to having the prelude ready! I just need to workout the last 3 measures…. Michael felt that we should not call it close enough and move on. And I agree with it that. I am too close to having it right to move on now.
The fugue did not go so well. My tempo was not consistent and I was exaggerating the articulation. For the next lesson I am to play it legato but with even tempo. I also need to be able to play the parts (soprano, tenor, etc. separately) and be able to start anywhere!
Berceuse (French for lullaby)
Berceuse was the last piece. I shared with Michael that I need to get this one checked off my list. It is not that hard and I have been playing it for over a year and I knew it was not at an acceptable level going into the lesson. I need to work out the details (the problems) and get it right for the next lesson. I have been playing the wrong notes for too long. I now need to overcome and change my muscle memory!
I played the hymns in the middle. The hymn playing did not turn out how I thought it would. I was fairly confident in the 3 hymns on my assignment list:
- “At the Name of Jesus”
- “Crown Him with Many Crowns”
- “Be Thou my Vision”
Of the 3 hymns, I thought Be Thou my Vision was the least likely to get Michael’s approval. However, this was the only one that got a passing mark! This is also the first time a hymn was only on my assignment list once. I was assigned this hymn last lesson and gave an acceptable performance at this lesson (which was the next lesson after it was assigned).
For the Next Lesson:
I was assigned the hymn “Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether”. I do not know this hymn and look forward to learning it. All the other pieces will remain on the list. I would love to get approval on all my pieces at my next lesson! What an accomplishment that would be!
For “Crown Him with Many Crowns” we tried an experiment for me to be able to hear the issues with my playing. Michael played the hymn and we recorded it and then we recorded my version. Incidentally, the best I played it was when we were recording it. I still managed to miss a pedal note or two in the last line (every time I played it for Michael!)
My version may have sounded okay, but Michael’s version is the goal. The key is playing in such a way that inspires people to sing!
What did you think of the “Crown Him with Many Crowns” Experiment? Can you hear the differences between Michael’s version and mine?