Climbing out of the Valley of Disappointment

The Valley of Disappointment Graph by James Clear

Have you ever felt like learning something new is taking longer than you expected? That’s me with the organ. It’s not new anymore, and after years of modest effort, I’m still struggling along. There have …

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The Benefits of Weekly Piano Lessons

The Benefits of Weekly Piano Lessons

I will share some of the benefits of weekly piano lessons. First, I will give some background on how I got to this point. When Michael let me know last summer that he could no …

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7 things learned during my first time playing the organ for a church service

7 things learned during my first time playing the organ for a church service

On January 1, 2017 one of my dreams came true. I played the organ for a church service for the first time ever! I was the substitute organist at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown …

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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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The one thing you need to become an organist or anything else as an adult

Persistence

Persistence. Persistence is the key to learning something new. Taking up something new as an adult can be a challenge. Here are some situations that you may need to persist through: Reaching your goal may …

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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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