By Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene (get free updates of new posts here)
Vidas and I enjoy going to the gym group trainings. It's good for staying motivated to continue to care for our physical bodies so that they would take care of us.
The other day I've seen a slogan on the T-shirt of one of the coaches in the gym - "Your workout is my warm-up".
I started to think about how it relates to organ practice.
All of us are different, have different points of view, different goals and different limitations when it comes to practicing the organ.
So when you're tempted to look at your mentor and be intimidated by what she or he can do and what you can't, think again.
You need a mentor not for comparison but keeping you just a little bit uncomfortable by encouraging you to go where you're afraid to go.
The only comparison that is worth doing is between yourself yesterday and yourself today.
Oh, and by the way, there will always be people to whom your warm-up will look like their practice. It doesn't matter.
Here's what does:
Did I push myself today?
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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.