1. What change are you trying to achieve as organist? Go beyond the obvious "play great organ music". Think about what do you want your listeners or a congregation to do, be, or have?
2. How are you going to be different from other organists? Why they should choose you over your colleague? Is it because you are the cheapest or the most expensive they know? Is it because you have the skills that others don't? What category of organists do you belong? Or maybe have you created your own category?
3. How can you help your listeners? What problems do they have? How do you solve their problems? It may well be they even aren't aware of their problems in which case how do you create problems for them? If they don't see you as the one who might help them, then you are invisible to them.
4. What would it take for you to create amazing art? Not only music but also life-changing actions that compel your listeners to tell their friends about.
5. How do you share your art with more people? Besides your immediate family and closest friends surely there should be more people who would care deeply about what it is you can offer them. How do you reach them?
Start with this before you begin preparing for your next church service, recital, or another musical adventure.
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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.