It is very rare that the fire in the open field can be started with large firewood. Usually we use paper or bark, small branches or sticks. This way the fire starts very easily, after minute or two we can hear how larger firewood is burning merilly.
Everyone who tried to start a fire from large branches or firewood remembers that small flame, bitter smoke and... a waisted match.
When we start on our organ practice journey, the beginnings are similar to starting a fire. It is best to get used to the organ playing in small dozes, playing short and easy compositions and exercises. This will help you build a solid foundation for advancing your organ playing skills.
But if you start with grandiose symphonies, polyphonically complex fugues, advanced musical language and modern harmonies, this music can be too difficult for you at the moment. Some people can begin to have an impression that organ playing is not for them. Then they give up and quit.
Therefore at the beginning the best pieces you could play are short chorale preludes, inventions and exercises, and only after that – more complex and developed polyphonic compositions with 3 or 4 parts.
Let your organ playing fire start little by little with baby steps.
P.S. Sometimes if you want to start a fire, you can use fuel mixture or a gasoline – then the size of the firewood is not that important. In organ playing – that‘s education.
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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.