By Vidas Pinkevicius
I like how young organists are all excited about their future career. All hopes are up. You can become whoever you want: church organist, concert organist, or organist at the captain's Nemo submarine "the Nautilus".
There are people who want to play cathedral organs, organs in the capital of every country, bamboo organs, paper organs, water organs, theater organs, the oldest organs, or the largest organs.
But I haven't met an organist whose dream was to play the smallest organ. That would be nice.
I'm not talking about an organ with just a single stop. That's too big. How about an instrument with only two octaves of pipes, or just one octave? There are smaller still - for our wedding one of our friends made us a two-pipe organ. You can pump it with a clyster pump.
What would you play on it? Cuckoo songs, Beethoven Fifth or the Bach Toccata. That's right.
You could become world's foremost expert of the opening of Bach's D minor Toccata!
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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.