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AVA188: I would really love to do a public recital, but, up to now (with one brief exception, years ago) I have not had the confidence to try David writes: Dear Vidas and Ausra. Thank you for your emails. I have read your advice with great interest, and have watched your videos about focusing when playing. Even though I am now 77 years old, and have been playing the organ for about 60 of those years, I have found your help very refreshing, as it has reminded me of what my teachers tried to help me with years ago!! I have always been a 'parish' organist - I have never reached the dizzy heights of playing in large churches or cathedrals, but I really enjoy daily practice (I have a digital 2-manual organ at home). I would really love to do a public recital, but, up to now (with one brief exception, years ago) I have not had the confidence to try. My church, where I am assistant organist, is going to do a series of recitals to mark the church's 500th. anniversary, and I would like to be part of that. Let me give you an example of what I think is my problem. I have been studying (for a long time!!) Bach's D minor Toccata and Fugue. The Toccata I can play reasonably well from memory. I have worked very hard on the fugue, but I find I make a couple of mistakes when I play it. I then go back to the places where the mistakes happened, and find that I can play those sections OK. Next time I play, the same thing happens, only the mistakes occur in a different part of the fugue, which, when I return to them, I can play well. Perhaps many organists have this same problem. I seem to be able to cope with shorter works (eg. Lefebure-Wely's Sorties in Bb and Eb., some of Bach's Chorale Preludes and pieces like Vierne's 'Lied'). I would really appreciate your thoughts and advice on this problem. I thank you once again for your help. With all good wishes. David

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David writes: Dear Vidas and Ausra. Thank you for your emails. I have read your advice with great interest, and have watched your videos about focusing when playing. Even though I am now 77 years old, and have been playing the organ for about 60 of those years, I have found your help very refreshing, as it has reminded me of what my teachers tried to help me with years ago!! I have always been a 'parish' organist - I have never reached the dizzy heights of playing in large churches or cathedrals, but I really enjoy daily practice (I have a digital 2-manual organ at home). I would really love to do a public recital, but, up to now (with one brief exception, years ago) I have not had the confidence to try. My church, where I am assistant organist, is going to do a series of recitals to mark the church's 500th. anniversary, and I would like to be part of that. Let me give you an example of what I think is my problem. I have been studying (for a long time!!) Bach's D minor Toccata and Fugue. The Toccata I can play reasonably well from memory. I have worked very hard on the fugue, but I find I make a couple of mistakes when I play it. I then go back to the places where the mistakes happened, and find that I can play those sections OK. Next time I play, the same thing happens, only the mistakes occur in a different part of the fugue, which, when I return to them, I can play well. Perhaps many organists have this same problem. I seem to be able to cope with shorter works (eg. Lefebure-Wely's Sorties in Bb and Eb., some of Bach's Chorale Preludes and pieces like Vierne's 'Lied'). I would really appreciate your thoughts and advice on this problem. I thank you once again for your help. With all good wishes. David
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