Welcome to The Latter-day Saint Organist's Resource Blog

The purpose of this blog is to help pianists learn to become true organists. Many individuals believe that if you play the piano you can play the organ, but the instruments differ greatly. While this blog is specifically geared towards members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, much of the information shared can be utilized by all. I hope that the information I share here will help you become an effective organist in your ward, stake, or other congregation.

Feel free to browse and search this blog. It was started in January 2010 and while new posts aren't added very often, this blog contains a wealth of information and is a wonderful resource for all organists. If you're a new reader, you can find the first lesson here: Before We Begin: Acquiring the Essentials. Also, please "like" the corresponding facebook page, which is updated more often. A link is provided on the right sidebar, or you can click here.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Frustrated Because of Your Mistakes?

How many of you heard the live version of Music & the Spoken Word on Sunday? Did the organ introduction to the opening number sound a little off to you? Richard Elliot had, in his words, a "less-than-stellar performance." So much so, in fact, that the piece needed to be re-recorded for the re-broadcast.

Normally I would never point out the mistakes of others, as I think it's not productive to dwell on them. In this case, however, I think it's good for everyday organists to know that nobody is perfect. Making mistakes is human, and even the accomplished Richard Elliott is not immune. So when you're struggling because of the mistakes you make, take heart and know that you're in good company with the rest of us! 
I've certainly made my share of gut-wrenching mistakes.