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  • Hello guys, welcome to another episode of TwoSet Violin!

  • And that's right, this is not your usual setting!

  • Look at this! What do we have behind us?

  • - Wow! - A huge organ!

  • Of course, we have our teacher here, Hsiao-yi.

  • Hello.

  • Teacher Hsiao-yi.

  • - Mm-hmm. - She's an amazing organist,

  • and she'll be trying to teach us

  • how to play the organ in one hour.

  • We're in Kaohsiung right now, and...

  • I believe this is the largest organ in Asia.

  • - 9,000 pipes. - Yes.

  • That's a lot of pipes!

  • Yeah, you guys are gonna hear a lot of pipes in one go.

  • So, those with headphones...

  • Just, be prepared.

  • When we start learning to play the organ,

  • we need to do three things.

  • The first thing is you need to have the organ shoes.

  • Brett: Organ shoes. Hsiao-yi: These shoes align with the angle of the foot pedals.

  • Brett: Then I won't be able to play.

  • So you can take your shoes off first.

  • - Eddy: Okay, bye-bye shoes. - Brett: Bye-bye.

  • - This way, your feet will be more agile. - Okay.

  • The second thing is that we need a pipe organ,

  • and it needs to be a good one.

  • So you are incredibly fortunate today,

  • to have the biggest pipe organ in all of Asia.

  • Yes.

  • - And then the third thing is to have a good teacher. - The Strad.

  • In that case, you have the best teacher.

  • Yeah, there we go!

  • Everyone hear that?

  • You've already met all three requirements,

  • and so now you can play!

  • I slipped. Oopsies.

  • Use your foot to lift the crescendo pedal.

  • Oh, lift it?

  • Did you see that, guys? It just changed.

  • Brett: Whoa, damn.

  • - Brett: Whoa! Did you see that? - Eddy: Whoa...!

  • Press it gradually to try it out.

  • Eddy: Sounds like heaven. Hsiao-yi: Crescendo.

  • Yooo!

  • - Dude, the... It's like Interstellar. - Yeah! - That's right.

  • - The movie. Interstellar! - Yeah, it is!

  • Wow, it's fast! Nice!

  • - How do I play this? - Here.

  • Oh, is it...

  • Oh, okay.

  • The foot pedal, re.

  • - Hsiao-yi: Yes. But you can't move your butt! - Brett: No moving!

  • Whoa!

  • Do I use the foot pedals for all these?

  • It's not that hard in reality, right?

  • Pipe organ sheet music has three lines.

  • - Yeah! - So earlier, you kind of forgot about this line.

  • This is all using your feet.

  • Oh, right right right.

  • Oh, yeah, of course! The...

  • Oh, sorry. Oh my god.

  • How about you try the crescendo on the loudest setting?

  • And then you play by yourself?

  • - Brett: This one? - Hsiao-yi: Yes.

  • - Eddy: Huh? You're going to try crescendo by yourself? - Hsiao-yi: Yes, and then remember this... - Brett: Let's go!

  • Hsiao-yi: Yes. 60.

  • - Brett: Oh, 60. Start on 60? - Eddy: And the loudest one?!

  • This Bach piece is often used by pipe organ experts

  • to assess the organ's "lung capacity."

  • So just go for it.

  • Oh.

  • - Everyone uses this piece to assess how strong the organ is. - Ah, okay.

  • - So you can just set it to the highest one. - Would it be louder if I press harder?

  • No, it won't. The volume control is here.

  • - So this doesn't have anything to do with volume? - Yes, exactly.

  • - Wow. - Yeah!

  • Alright, Eddy's turn!

  • - Dude, I can't wait! - Have fun!

  • - Eddy gets the next part. - Oh, the next part.

  • It's like I'm flying a spaceship.

  • It's like a spaceship!

  • The pipe organ has multiple manuals so that

  • you can achieve different dialogues.

  • So each level is housed at a different height.

  • For the next three phrases, you can play it as one, two, three.

  • That way, there will be a sense of layering.

  • Sorry.

  • I think that the...

  • I'm not used to it. On the piano, once you press the key,

  • - the sound comes out right away. - Yes. Right.

  • - Here, when you press the key, the sound has to travel. - Right. - Yeah, that's the thing, right?

  • If we're playing with an ensemble, we have to be faster.

  • - A bit earlier? Ah, gotta anticipate it. - A bit earlier, so we can align.

  • That's so hard!

  • The pipe organ is our teacher.

  • We need to be in this space in order to experience this instrument.

  • When organs are designed, they must first take into account

  • the space of the church or concert hall.

  • So once you play, you will control your own...

  • ...touch and sound.

  • I don't even need to tell you where to slow down...

  • or anything like that.

  • Once you start playing, you'll know.

  • Eddy: Yes, yes.

  • - Okay, next part. - Okay.

  • Here. Let's just play. This bit.

  • Oh, yes! I love this bit.

  • This bit is my favorite.

  • We can start with some imagination.

  • Because if you play it the same way, it won't work.

  • In fact, it sounds like violin playing.

  • The fugue part in this piece actually sounds like

  • a composition for violin.

  • There are many forms when it comes to Bach's fugues.

  • And this part mimics string instruments very closely.

  • - So you have to imagine the storm... - Sorry.

  • So your left hand is like...

  • kind of like... the rhythm,

  • and the right hand is the melodic line.

  • - Mmm. Okay. - Let's try. So don't focus on synchronizing.

  • Instead, focus on your right hand. Here...

  • Brett: Oh, ignore this.

  • Hsiao-yi: Your left hand is like...

  • I can do that.

  • Oh, wait wait wait...

  • Do I keep going?

  • Brett: What do I do now?

  • - Just keep going. Yes. - Keep going?

  • Brett: So my hands should be like this.

  • Keep your fingers as low as possible.

  • - Oh, okay, okay. Okay. - You can do this...

  • It doesn't get louder when you move too much.

  • - Be very focused, and touch lightly. - That's true.

  • The feet part isn't that easy here, is it?

  • There are so many notes for feet.

  • Let's play the feet part, shall we?

  • Nice. Now, close your eyes and play it twice.

  • One more time.

  • Oh, no!

  • And then add the "Re-La-Si..."

  • Hsiao-yi: Save it for later. Just the left hand.

  • Brett: Oh right.

  • Oh, right!

  • Ah, one more time.

  • Oh, no no no.

  • Okay, one more time.

  • Okay, now you add the chords in.

  • You're doing a very good job!

  • You can play the piece now!

  • Nice!

  • Oh, no!

  • Up or down?

  • I don't know!

  • Brett: Okay.

  • Hsiao-yi: Yay!

  • - Brett: Oh, wow. - Eddy: Nice!

  • Hsiao-yi: It's your turn.

  • - Eddy: Uh-oh. - Brett: That was stressful.

  • Eddy: It's my turn.

  • Hsiao-yi: I feel like you have better piano skills.

  • Oh, thank you, thank you.

  • Thank you.

  • Guys, did you hear that?

  • One more time, one more time...

  • This phrase is very important.

  • Because we're counting on him to finish the whole piece.

  • - So you need to practice more. - Brett: Yeah!

  • - You need to practice more. - Okay.

  • The violin!

  • How you would play the violin.

  • Okay.

  • Okay, linger a bit.

  • Okay, so you have to remember that

  • in this piece, every pause,

  • every space is extremely important.