Organists rarely have patience. A lot of times we want to see the results of our practice now instead of later.
Therefore there is a temptation to play the music without stopping as if at the concert. Or attempting to play the thick polyphonic texture right away. Or getting too bored with the slow practice speed. Or practicing until our backs start to burn.
This might work fine if you are a seasoned organist with solid education, training and experience. But if you are just getting started or getting back to the organ after being away from it for years, you won't see the results you are after.
Here are my recommendations which will help you practice more effectively on the organ:
1) Don't play the piece from the beginning until the end at first.
2) Don't go to the next fragment until you master the previous one.
3) Don't play all parts together at first.
4) Don't take a fast tempo at first.
5) Don't jump from one piece to another without first mastering it.
6) Don't neglect short stretching breaks.
Occasionally we can turn these points upside down if we are getting close to a public performance but it must be on purpose. You have to be able say "I do this, because right now it is my next step towards my goal. It is part of my plan".
By the way, do you want to learn my special powerful techniques which help me to master any piece of organ music up to 10 times faster? If so, download my video Organ Practice Guide.
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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.