By Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene (get free updates of new posts here)
Why when you are practicing your organ piece for months sometimes you don't see any improvement but at some point all of a sudden your playing gets more fluent, almost overnight?
This question bothers me a lot.
Last Tuesday I heard one of my students play Prelude and Fugue in D minor, BWV 554 from the score with Vidas' fingering and pedaling.
She was struggling to play it clearly and without stopping from September!
And only this Tuesday it started to sound like it could be ready for public performance in a few weeks.
8 months had passed without any noticeable improvement!
What's the matter here?
I think the improvement was there but we couldn't hear it.
Do you think that she should have just stopped practicing and showed up this Tuesday?
Of course not.
So what about you?
Do you have a piece which you play for months without any result?
Do you feel like spinning your wheels in organ playing?
Actually you're not spinning your wheels (if you're practicing honestly and regularly).
And it's just a matter of time when the real breakthrough will reveal itself.
Progress can't be rushed.
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