By Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene (get free updates of new posts here)
How to get rid of the panic when you make a mistake on the organ? How to be relaxed and keep going as if nothing happened?
These questions should always be on our mind.
The strong organist is not the one who never fails. Actually, if you never make a mistake, you never do anything important, perhaps hiding in your practice room boasting to the world you have what it takes but in reality never sticking your neck out in public.
The strong organist is the one who fails gracefully and continues to learn from mistakes made by her or by her peers.
The strong organist is the one who remembers that failing is not about her personally.
The strong organist is the one who says "thank you" even when falling down in the dirt of bunch of pedal and manual mistakes.
So where to begin being such an organist?
How about when you mess up, giving everyone a warm, generous smile?
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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.