If you want to play a recital where every detail is precisely calculated, measured and perfected, don't be surprised if such recital becomes less spontaneous, creative, and alive.
If you want to play a recital where your performance is free of mistakes, don't be surprised if your performance has little vitality, energy, and enthusiasm.
If you want to play a recital where you feel safe, don't be surprised if recital turns out to be boring.
If you want to play a recital after which people don't say any negative comments to you, don't be surprised if they don't tell you any comments at all.
If you want to play a recital after which people would say positive comments to you, don't be surprised if you also get some negative ones.
If you want to play an improvisation recital where you don't know what's coming up next, don't be surprised if you end up playing things that you never played before.
If you want to play an improvisation recital where you feel open, vulnerable, connected and generous for entire hour, don't be surprised if people tell you afterwards that it was a life-changing event.
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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.