August 2017 Organ Lesson – Don’t be a Tempo Pusher

August 2017 Organ Lesson - Don't be a Tempo Pusher

On August 26, I met Michael for another organ lesson. The gap between this lesson and my previous lesson was larger than planned. This was due to the time required to socialize kittens was more …

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Saville organ gets repaired and the pistons can be used!

Saville organ gets repaired and the pistons can be used!

Last week, Bill from Midwest Organ Systems visited my home and repaired my Saville organ. As a result of the repairs, I am now able to use the four pre-programmed pistons. For the non-organists reading …

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June 2017 Organ Lesson – Tempo Redistribution

June 2017 Organ Lesson - Tempo Redistribution

On June 17, I met with Michael for another organ lesson. Since then, I  have been preoccupied with the five feral kittens that were born in my yard. If you want to know more about …

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April 2017 Organ Lesson – Changing my practice habits (again)

Last Saturday, I had another organ lesson. The highlight of the lesson was receiving approval of my playing of “If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee”. And I will be starting on the Fugue from the Prelude …

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February 2017 Organ Lesson – Toe Hopping habit

February 2017 Organ Lesson - Toe Hopping habit

On February 25, I had another organ lesson. This was my first lesson since I played for a church for the first time back on January 1st. Since I had to learn new pieces for …

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7 things learned during my first time playing the organ for a church service

7 things learned during my first time playing the organ for a church service

On January 1, 2017 one of my dreams came true. I played the organ for a church service for the first time ever! I was the substitute organist at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown …

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November 2016 Lesson – Much Better and no more jeans!

November 2016 Organ Lesson Much Better and no more jeans!

“Much Better”. Several times while playing the two hymns at my lesson, Michael said “Much Better”. Hearing much better was music to my ears! I started the lesson by playing “O Morning Star, How Fair …

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October 2016 Lesson – When persistence with experimentation is required

October 2016 Organ Lesson - persistence with experimentation

It’s been 2 weeks since my last organ lesson. The delay in writing this post is because the lesson was tough for me. I relapsed into old habits without realizing it.  However, Michael recognized my …

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