October 2016 Lesson – When persistence with experimentation is required

October 2016 Organ Lesson - persistence with experimentation

It’s been 2 weeks since my last organ lesson. The delay in writing this post is because the lesson was tough for me. I relapsed into old habits without realizing it.  However, Michael recognized my …

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July 2016 Organ Lesson: Developing better at home practice

On July 16, I had another lesson with Michael at his church. I had made some recordings the night before and knew that I was not as far as long as I had wanted to …

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April 2016 Lesson: Still Struggling

April 2016 Lesson- Still Struggling

I am still struggling with syncopation. On April 30, I met Michael for another organ lesson. I haven’t played the organ since then. Tomorrow, I will get back on the bench. My expectations going into …

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How does that piece go again?

Kilala cat on the organ bench

At the end of last year, I discovered that I am not able to easily play most of the pieces I have learned. The revelation My brother’s family came for about 4 and a half …

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Reflections on 5 years of organ lessons (Sept 2009 – Sept 2014)

Reflections on 5 years of Organ Lessons

September 2014 marks the 5th anniversary of when I started organ lessons.  5 years of taking lessons is a huge milestone. My initial goal when starting out was to become a church organist within 5 years. I have …

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How I decided to become an organist

The question I am most often asked is “Why did you decide to become an organist?” The answers I have given people have not always been the same. I usually respond with a short answer: …

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2013 recap and plans for 2014

Lift App Practice Musical Instrument

2013 is now history and with it comes the obligatory year in review post! 2013 Highlights: I had 8 organ lessons with my teacher Michael Gartz. I attended my first American Guild of Organists Regional …

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Completing a goal

A year ago I set a goal to practice ten hours in a week. This week, for the first time ever, I am on track to reach this goal. I have failed at the same goal for …

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