Learning From the Master

One of the most impressive examples of effective teaching is found in Christ’s use of the parable. A parable is very listener-friendly. It conveys to the hearer religious truth in proportion to the listener’s faith and ability to understand; to some it is a mere story, while to others it reveals the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.

While I don’t claim to reveal anything as significant as the truths found in the parables of Jesus, the use of the following video of Alena Hicken Hall is an attempt to teach music principles in a similar fashion. To some it could be a pleasant musical experience, enjoyable, but leave the listener largely unchanged. To others it could be a source of depth and understanding as it reveals the ‘mysteries’ of the king of instruments.

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Some basic organ techniques to watch for:

In General
• use of organ shoes
• use of both feet, heel and toe
• bold breaks between phrases
• gradual increase in volume from beginning to end

Specific Examples
• finger substitution, to maintain legato—2:37-2:40
• finger substitution, to make registration change—1:35
• finger glissando, black to white, right hand pinky—1:25
• thumb glissando, black to white, left hand thumb—2:15
• independence of line, accompaniment sustained—2:46
• independence of line, left hand sustained—2:53

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For more information on these and other organ techniques see the Pedal Points Technique pages It’s Not a Piano!, Using Your Hands, and Using Your Feet.
To listen to more lds organ music go to www.liahona.net
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