My organist friend doesn't like heels.
He always pounds the pedals with his toes.
Whatever the style of music,
his technique is exactly the same -
always staccato in the bass.
Why does he play like this, you might ask?
I guess somebody at the early start
didn't do the job of earning his trust
of convincing him to use correct technique.
Or perhaps he was taught correctly
but the daily routine of church playing crept in
and he didn't find enough courage
to think harder about the choices
of pedaling he had to make.
Is there a hope for this student
to make a transition into a better technique?
Not until he feels
that the pain required to change his current technique
is lesser than the benefits associated with the results
this change will provide.
Ausra's Harmony Exercise:
Transposing Sequence in Eb Major: I-iii-IV-V
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