How To Tell If Someone Is Actually Good At – the organ

Pianote shares some ideas of what makes a good piano player. One could argue that some cannot be applied to organ playing, since it doesn’t provide any dynamics. I’d argue you can make use of dynamics anyway, and still two essential points out of the five remain:

  • Play with a metronome.
  • Play with emotion.

As organists, we are pretty poor concerning either of them. Since we almost always play by ourselves, without any other musicians, we tend to neglect pulse and rhythm. And since learning a piece on the organ requires a lot of practise, we tend to be content as soon we can play a piece mechanically. Both omissions lead to the fact that we play notes, but not music.