Today I would like to clarify the meaning of the terms "to practice" and "to rehearse" and what they mean in organ playing.
Here is what Free Online Dictionary says about the word "to practice":
And here is the definition of the word "to rehearse":
I think the point No. 2 is the key for the term "to practice": "To do or perform (something) repeatedly in order to acquire or polish a skill". In the word "to rehearse", No. 2 is also very similar in meaning: "To perfect or cause to perfect (an action) by repetition".
I guess in some cases these words can be used interchangibly. But to me, the word "to rehearse" has more association with No 1. a. "To practice (a part in a play, for example) in preparation for a public performance and b. To direct in rehearsal".
The biggest difference in these words for the purpose of organ playing is that when we practice, we polish something, perform something repeatedly in order to perfect it. When we rehearse, we are preparing for public performance.
What do you think? Share your thoughts in comments.
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