The Juggling Act

There are so many things to practice on the organ that my three hour practice time can seem quite limiting.

My main issue is that I get absorbed and practicing technique exercises, scales, and arpeggios, But I don’t spend much time figuring out how to apply my technique in a real musical situation.

Stephen Anderson taught me to sit down three or four times a week and play songs slowly, trying to integrate all of the techniques that I have learned. My problem is that the technical exercises are so endless and so absorbing that I will find that several weeks have passed and I have done nothing but technique drills.

So I end up trying to piece things together on gigs out of my grab bag of techniques. This is fun and edgy, but sometimes I get the sense that I could play better if I paid more attention to my teacher’s advice.

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