By Vidas Pinkevicius (get free updates of new posts here)
I have a student who always does the opposite of what I say.
She usually plays a lot faster than she should and this is especially obvious for inner voices when the texture is more complex than normal.
She takes on quite advanced pieces which are well beyond her level.
The result is a messy performance.
For 5 years she has been doing this. And don't get me wrong. She is polite, agrees with me all the time. BUT she never actually does what she promised me to do.
For 5 years she isn't getting anywhere with her organ playing!
In fact, it seems to me she is regressing somehow.
This last time was different, though.
She came in prepared and her first try was already better than anything she has played for me in months.
I was surprised and asked her to slow down even more.
She played it again and the second time was better still. Those inner voices were much clearer now.
One last time she played for me, I slowed her down and actually for the first time I started believing she could be ready to play it in public in 4 weeks from now.
Just 3 really slow repetitions in a row and hope was on the horizon.
Before that only Ausra believed she could master it in time.
Can you do that with your organ piece?
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