Do you want to achieve success organ concert playing? One of the vital points here is quality. If your recital is of a high quality level, your listeners will more likely to enjoy it and remember you in the future. In this article, I will give you tips on how to achieve quality in playing organ recitals.
Both in preparation and in performance you should strive for minimum mistakes. Try to be very precise and exact in playing and releasing every single note. Of course, this is very difficult to achieve but keeping a slow tempo in practice will make this task easier.
For example, if the tempo of the piece is allegro or 120 quarter notes per minute, you should not practice it in the concert tempo. Instead, take a tempo, which allows you to play without mistakes, something like 60 quarter notes per minute or even slower.
There is one thing which really helps to minimize mistakes - keep the focus of your mind. Stay focused in every measure and don't allow yourself to relax until your recital is over. Basically this is the practice of your mind. Deep and slow breathing helps to keep your mind focused. Your body should be relaxed but your mind should feel like on fire.
I remember one of my best recitals in terms of focus. I focused my mind on the breathing for about 20 minutes right before the recital. Some people might call it meditation. Towards the end of this time my mind became very clear. Then it was the time for me to start the recital.
I forced myself to keep this feeling and focus of mind every single measure even during breaks between the pieces. Consequently my playing became free of mistakes because I was fully in control of my every movement.
Use these tips in playing and preparing for organ recitals today. In time, they will empower you to become a respected expert who can play recitals without any mistakes.
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