Are you struggling with the quality in your organ recital playing? Or perhaps you are frustrated with the stress level concert playing may bring? My guess is that you haven't played many recitals in the past. You need quite a few recitals under your belt to be an experienced and fearless performer. In this article, I will explain to you what quantity can do to your success level.
Do you remember your very first organ recital? Most people do. The first public appearance is usually very exciting. Yet it may bring a lot of stress and the performer can make quite a few mistakes, if he/she is not properly automated his/her playing.
Then usually the 2nd and the 3rd recitals go worse than the first because now you know what to expect. You get nervous and start making mistakes in places which are ridiculously simple. I have to say that this is perfectly normal. It is just a natural learning progress.
Then starting from your 5th recital, you begin to feel good about your playing. When you reach 10 recitals, you can consider yourself passing to the next level.
Although playing 10 recitals is a good start, you need around 50-60 to gain experience. Try to play as many recitals with the same program in different venues in the same year as possible. Then learn a new program and do the same.
Imagine you learn a concert program and play a concert once a month for a year. That makes 12 concerts per year. If you learn one new program a year, which is easy to do, and keep the same concert schedule for 5 years, you will have 60 recitals under your belt.
That's the initial number you should aim for. Incidentally, notice how your playing becomes very solid after about 10th recital of the same program. You may even memorize the pieces to feel even more secure.
Use these tips in playing organ recitals. In time, they will empower you to become a respected expert who will have no fear in playing concerts. This way your performances will become of high quality level and free from mistakes.
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