Many organists find it hard to practice regularly. With so many activities and tasks an average person has to do during the day, practicing organ every day is a challenge. However, regular playing is absolutely a must if you want to achieve great results as an organist. In this article, I will give you tips and advice which will help you to stay on track with your organ practice.
Do you find yourself pushing off organ practice for today? Keep on track by assigning yourself organ practice deadlines! Having a schedule and giving yourself a due date for a certain task is one of the best ways you can think of to keep up your regular practice and motivation.
For example, if you are learning a new composition, create a step-by-step plan which will help you to master this piece. Then assign yourself a deadline for each step. This will help you to stay focused in your organ practice.
If this composition is 10 pages long, your plan for upcoming 10 days might look something like this:
On the first day, try to learn the first page of music. Subdivide this page into several shorter fragments of about 4 measures and master each individual fragment. Then combine the fragments together. Work on separate voices and combinations of 2 and 3 voices, if necessary before putting everything together.
On the second day, start your practice by repeating several times the first page which you have learned yesterday. Then master the second page.
On the third day, reinforce pages 1 and 2 several times and practice page 3. Continue the learning process for 10 days in a row by repeating the previously learned material and mastering 1 new page each day.
As you can see, as long as you master 1 new page every day, it is possible to learn a new piece which is 10 pages long in 10 days. After 10 days, devote several more days to play the entire piece without stopping.
In order to reap the best results, it is important you stick to this schedule for 10-14 days in a row. If you use these kinds of deadlines, the learning process will be focused, simple and fast.
Use the above tips to keep your organ practice concentrated for the best results. Now go find a new piece that you want to master, create a practice plan, give yourself a strict deadline for completing your learning process. You will be surprised what kind of tremendous changes you will begin to notice in your productivity.
By the way, do you want to learn my special techniques which help me to master any piece of organ music up to 10 times faster? If so, download my FREE video guide "How to Master Any Organ Composition".
Or if you really want to develop unbeatable sight-reading skills, check out my systematic Organ Sight-Reading Master Course.
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