Last Saturday, I had an organ lesson with Michael. I was very optimistic going into the lesson. I was confident that Michael would be impressed with my improvement since my last lesson. But that is not how most of my lesson turned out. You see, I had become over confident during my practice time. And I made excuses. I was often tired when practicing so I didn’t turn on the metronome. I wanted to avoid it’s persistent and never ending clicks. I didn’t want to take the time to record myself and play it back. It’s much easier to deny my errors when I didn’t hear them. I didn’t sing along with the hymns to given the words the attention they deserve.
- Pay attention to details when practicing – READ THE WORDS in hymns
- Listen to recordings of other organists playing the pieces I am learning.
- Make friends with the metronome. Don’t just turn it on, listen to it while playing!
- Record myself and playback the recordings
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