My organ professor, George Ritchie at UNL told me a story of how his professor, the great blind German organist and composer Helmut Walcha memorized organ pieces (especially polyphonic compositions). I made a video recounting this story. Feel free to make an experiment of Walcha's method with one of your favorite organ compositions. Dr. Ritchie also talks about Walcha's memorization method in the section of the documentary "Desert Fugue".
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , teachers at National M.K. Čiurlionis School of Art, creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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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.