A couple of Saturdays ago, I traveled to Toledo for an organ lesson. The theme of the lesson became multitasking as I had trouble learning the new hymns and Bach piece assigned at my previous lesson. What do you think of first when you here “multitasking”? I think of my job where I often have several tasks going at once.
How does this apply to an organist?
Organists need to be very good at multitasking to be successful. Each hand and foot usually has it’s own “task” to handle. The notes for the left hand will not be the same as the right. The feet are playing the pedals. The tempo must remain consistent. Registration (stops) may need to be changed throughout a piece. Pages may need to be turned. Some organists also direct a choir while they play!
I’ve learned that playing the organ is harder than it looks! To improve more quickly, I need to practice each “task” independently. For example, learning the part for each hand separately before playing them together.
What could you learn more quickly if you broke it down into smaller pieces?