By Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene (get free updates of new posts here)
I hate flossing my teeth. It's one of the most tedious tasks I do. I don't know what makes it so boring. Is it the fact that I have so many teeth that require flossing?
Having just 2 teeth would be great, wouldn't it? I could do it in two swift movements.
Well, I guess one of these days I'll have only 2 teeth left.
But until then I floss all of my teeth every day. Twice.
I do it because I understand the benefits of keeping my teeth healthy.
So the pain that goes into flossing is less significant than the joy of having functional teeth.
Same is with organ playing. It might be boring to correct every mistake until I can't play it wrong. It might be boring to take a slower tempo than I seemingly can. But it's worth it.
So here are 10 organ playing habits that help to keep my practice in a good shape:
1. Regular practice
2. Slow practice
3. Practice in fragments
4. Practice in combinations
5. Quiet registration
6. Stopping before I'm tired
7. Short breaks
8. Persistent practice
9. I allow myself to skip just one day without practice (except for emergencies)
There was a time in my life when I didn't floss the teeth. Then I noticed I had to go to the dentist more often.
But you know what?
I hate going to the dentist MORE than I hate flossing my teeth.
So there you go...
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