I had another organ lesson last Saturday at Trinity with Michael Gartz. We started with the 3 hymns I’ve been assigned. I chose to begin with “My Faith Has Found a Resting Place” as I was confident in my ability to play it. After I played it through, Michael said it was some of my best hymn playing! We discussed a few minor issues with the refrain and Michael gave me a passing mark.
Next we moved on to “Nearer, Still Nearer”. This hymn was not as successful. My tempo was not consistent and some notes were not held long enough. It would seem logical that I could play this hymn just as well as the first hymn I played but my mind doesn’t work that way yet. I need to dedicate more time to this hymn before my next lesson.
My goal is to become a church organist which means I must learn to play hymns correctly!
The last hymn was “All Creatures of our God and King”. At my previous lesson, Michael pointed out that I was not playing the pedal part legato. Legato means there should not be a break between notes creating a continuous sound. I thought I had this problem fixed! I had recorded myself many times at home while practicing. In my mind I was playing it legato and it sounded good to me on playback! I had become overconfident and failed to hear my own problem.
On Sunday afternoon I decided to make a video of me playing “All Creatures of our God and King” with the camera only on my feet. When watching the video I could clearly see that the pedal notes were not connected. In one section, I was picking up my foot instead of sliding it to the next pedal resulting in the non legato sound. Now, I cannot deny the problem. I have seen it with my own eyes. This is good news! I will work on it and be able to play this hymn correctly at my next lesson.
We ended the lesson with the 2 classical pieces that I am learning. If you are interested in what my current assignments are I’ve added a new page.
What is your favorite hymn? Perhaps, I will learn to play it some day.