For many organists practice forming the right practice habits is a real challenge. This is because very often they are stuck in a practice routine which is inefficient and does not produce the results they want. In this article, I am going to teach you how to change the wrong practice habits into the ones that will lead you to success.
Imagine that you really like playing organ and spend time with this instrument every day. In fact, you might be so in love with the organ and its music that you play it for several hours. However, as it often happens, somehow you don't see the good results of your practice. Sounds familiar?
The thing is your practice has to be not only regular but also wise. Because your time is limited, you have to apply only the most efficient practice methods there are. In other words, it would be foolish to hope to see the results of your efforts if you just play the pieces in a casual way.
But many people make this mistake, they just play the compositions from start
to finish without proper attention to details, without correcting mistakes and without forming the right practice habits.
Is this what happened to you? Don't despair because you know what is the most beautiful thing in all this?
That despite all our mistakes we made while practicing incorrectly in the past, a year ago, a month ago, a week ago, even yesterday... we can start a new chapter in our life today, remember our goal, devise a plan with the steps necessary to achieve this goal and start implementing these steps every day in
the correct way.
That's it. It's that simple. Is it easy? No.
Because when we have to apply these steps in practice, our incorrect practice
habits we build up in the past just dictate the way we behave today.
But we can surely fight back and don't give up because there is so much to learn and so much to discover.
I think practicing wisely might be also fun. If you truly love the music that you are playing then it all comes naturally. You just need to speed up the learning process.
One of the best ways to practice is to take a slow tempo and work in small fragments of about 4 measures each. Don't just jump right into playing all parts
together as it will not sound nice right away.
Instead, practice solo voices, then combinations of two voices, three voices, and only then the entire four-part texture (if it is a four-voice composition, of course).
Try these tips in you practice today and remember that even if you spent many
months practicing inefficiently and incorrectly, you can start forming your right practice habits from now on.
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 free Organ Practice Guide.
Or if you want to learn to improvise in the style of Bach, I suggest you check out my free 9 day mini course in Keyboard Prelude Improvisation.
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