By Vidas Pinkevicius (get free updates of new posts here)
We all have been there - family members get sick, we ourselves get sick, work responsibilities unexpectedly are imposed and on and on.
On top of that we have a deadline of a recital coming up soon.
Yes, it does help to stay motivated to practice in difficult times but those unforeseen situations may throw you off track.
Instead of being ready 4 weeks before your recital, you are left wondering if you'll even make it at all.
If life gets in your way of finishing learning the pieces by 4 weeks until your recital, for the next recital change the plan - make it your goal to be ready 8 weeks prior to the public performance just in case - have a dress rehearsal run-through 2 months in advance.
Expect the unexpected.
[Thanks to John]
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Don't have an organ at home?
Download paper manuals and pedals, print them out, cut the white spaces, tape the sheets together and you'll be ready to practice anywhere where is a desk and floor. Make sure you have a higher chair.