Ausra: Yes, that’s wonderful.
Vidas: Do you think it’s too late to get better at this age?
Ausra: I don’t think so.
Ausra: Well, because I know some people who are 75, and they are very active, and are improving every day.
Vidas: And there are opposite situations, where people are just staring at the TV screen all day long, and they get weaker and weaker every day.
Ausra: Yes, I think some teenagers are older than some seniors. Because they just spend all day long playing with their smartphones and PlayStations and so on and so forth.
Vidas: So, the fact that Paul sent us this question already shows us that he’s on the right path: basically, he has enough curiosity to improve himself.
Vidas: He is not satisfied with the current state, and he wants to get better all the time...Maybe faster than is possible, right?
Vidas: Maybe we should just basically support him, and inspire him to look at the situation from outside himself and really appreciate how far he has come.
Ausra: That’s true. Because in general, I will be very happy if I live as long as to reach 75 years old; that’s a gift from life already, and it’s so nice that he’s still able to do things.
Vidas: So, what helps? Of course, we’re not 75 years old yet, and we don’t know how people feel at this age; but general pointers could be: keep moving.
Ausra: That’s true.
Vidas: Keep being active, moving in terms of physically, and also mentally.
Vidas: So mental practice is, of course, on the organ, very well. But also physical practice, as well.
Ausra: That’s true. Do you think, Vidas, that practicing organ slows down ageing a little bit?
Vidas: While you get older and older?
Vidas: I think it should, because your body gets a little bit weaker; but there are ways to postpone that process a little bit.
Ausra: And do you think organ is a good way to help do it?
Vidas: Yeah, especially because it’s primarily a mental activity. You’re looking at the symbols of music on a sheet of paper, which don’t mean anything to other people, perhaps; but you translate those symbols into meaningful musical ideas. So this is primarily a mental activity, which of course can just expand your mental capacity over time; of course that helps.
Ausra: Yes, I personally strongly believe that organ may reduce the risk of such diseases as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis--not to prevent them entirely, but to slow down the development of those; because while playing organ, you always have to basically use your coordination to coordinate your hands and feet, and look at the music; and it helps your brain keep moving.
Vidas: Remember in our Unda Maris studio, we have a senior person who is maybe in her--I would say, maybe early 70s? She maybe started playing the organ not long ago, but she has trouble walking, right?
Vidas: She walks with the help of canes. And she enjoys playing the organ a lot, because of all those reasons, of course. It’s a good exercise mentally, and also physically.
Ausra: Yes, that’s true. It’s better than sitting at the piano, because your feet are moving, too. That’s a great advantage, actually.
Vidas: Yes. So don’t feel like you have stopped your progress, Paul, and others who are this age--maybe older. We have a lot of students who are even older, in their 80s, and even somebody who is 90 (or older) years old! So just keep practicing, keep getting better--1% of your efforts every day; and by the end of the year, you can look back, and you will see how you will have progressed a lot. Thank you so much, guys, keep sending us your questions; we love helping you grow as organists. This was Vidas.
Ausra: And Ausra.
Vidas: And remember, when you practice…
Ausra: Miracles happen.