I have met some people who regularly practice organ using paper keyboards (on the table) and pedalboards (on the floor). You might wonder if such practice is effective or not?
Paper keyboards (and pedalboards) can be really helpful. The most important aspect of such practice is of course mental. We have to imagine the sounds in our heads. Also this is a powerful device for increasing one's focus.
It's a great way to stay on top of your organ practice when you are traveling. I personally use it when I prepare for recitals and have to stay in the hotel room without a real instrument available.
Another possibility is to have a recording of your piece in a slow practice tempo which could be used while playing paper keyboards and pedalboards.
I have also a warning here: since the touch of the paper keyboards is completely different from either mechanical or electronic organ, once in a while it is necessary to have an access to the real organ for practice.
But even when practicing on the table and on the floor, always be aware that your hand and feet position, depressions and the releases of the imaginary keys and pedals are the same as on the real instrument.
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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.