Many organists complain that they don't have enough time for organ practice. They have so many activities in their day and so they simply spend their days without practicing which doesn't get them closer to their goals. However, finding time for organ practice is easier than you think. Here is what I recommend to you.
If you want to find more time for organ practice, very first thing you can do is limit nonessential and not important tasks of your day. For example, if you find yourself watching online videos, surf the Internet for information, or interact with your friends on social media sites, you can just simply say to yourself that you have the goal to practice today. Shut down your computer, close the laptop or put your smart phone away and go to the organ bench. It's that simple.
Another thing you have to remember is that you don't need to spend a lot of time on the organ bench. If you only have 30 minutes available for practice, don't despair, just do it. It might be all you need if you practice wisely.
You can also practice organ during TV commercials when you are watching a movie or a show. Keep in mind that during any given TV program, there will be at least 15 to 20 minutes of commercial break so you can practice organ playing during that time as well. If you could master one difficult spot of your piece during TV commercial, it would be worth it.
You can also find adequate time for organ playing by practicing more on the weekends. Many people work more on the weekdays and are free on the weekends. If you practice only 30 minutes Monday through Friday that will be just enough and if you practice 2 hours or more on Saturday and Sunday then it will give you adequate practice time.
The most important thing about finding time is to be consistent in your practice. Try not to skip your practice sessions, be persistent and you will succeed in reaching your goals.
There is a saying that if you skip one day without practice, only you will notice it. If you spend two days without practicing organ, your teacher will notice it and if you spend three days without playing the organ then everybody else will notice it.
Apply these tips in your practice and you will find adequate time for organ playing easily.
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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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