By Vidas Pinkevicius (get free updates of new posts here)
Elevated heart beat rate, shallow breathing, eyes wandering from place to place, sinking feeling in your stomack, inability to act and focus.
These are all signs of panic. Especially when you have a deadline coming up soon (public organ performance) and you imagine a worst case scenario (many mistakes and public humiliation).
The worst thing before a deadline is panic.
The one thing you should do is this:
Create a rigorous and realistic practice schedule for yourself and stick to it no matter what. Take action and stop marinating in the feelings you have about the deadline.
Action always eliminates panic.
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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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.