To make shish kebabs on a fire in an open air could be an excellent task – it is really exciting to prepare a delicious food for a delightful company of friends or family.
However, the entire cooking process is quite a responsibility because not only the fire has to have just enough of hot burning coal but also you have to turn over the meat on time, otherwise it may get burned (as sometimes happens).
However, the real responsibility begins even before cooking or starting a fire – the meat has to be well-chosen and marinated. Otherwise even the well-cooked shish kebab can turn out not as juicy and tasty.
However, when you skewer the meat there is one additional problem – you have to guard it against flies that are constantly trying to land on it. If only you turn your back on the meat or go bring a cup of water, the flies will beset the skewers or a pot with meat in no time.
When you practice playing the organ, the situation is similar to skewering the meat for shish kebab. Our mind has to be focused and keep away other thoughts that can steal our attention.
After all, when you practice organ music that you love, it is very easy to start thinking about the events of the past or plan the tasks of the future.
When you come back to your senses, you will notice that you forgot or even didn‘t pay attention to things that took place in your organ piece.
When you practice organ playing, pay attention to any detail that you find – melody, rhythmical figures, colors of harmony, stop combinations, form, dynamics, texture etc.
Learn to pay attention.
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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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