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Musicians – 10 Reasons to Avoid the Alexander Technique

Musicians – 10 Reasons to Avoid the Alexander Technique

  1   You have perfect posture   2   You thrive on pain and discomfort   3   You’re wildly confident on stage   4   You sleep like a baby before important concerts   5   Your middle name’s ‘stuck in a rut’   6   Your gym instructor told you there’s no gain without pain   7   You subscribe to the ‘band aid’ school of philo... »

My Naked Voice

My Naked Voice

  I’m standing in a panelled room, in a remote country mansion. There’s an expectancy in the air, as I glance up at my new friends sitting before me. It’s time for me to open my mouth and sing whatever comes out. There’s no running away. I’ve committed to half an hour of nonstop and unregulated self expression. I take a deep breath. Its the final day of the winte... »

5 Ways Mindfulness Will Skyrocket Your Music Career

5 Ways Mindfulness Will Skyrocket Your Music Career

  What is Mindfulness? Is it all about sitting in peace on mountain tops, or might it be the answer to becoming the phenomenal musician you’ve always wanted to be?   Mindfulness is a meditation technique originating from ancient Buddhist practices. Its been used to enhance the mind in concentration, martial arts, and the pursuit of happiness for millennia. Today you can train in a ... »

Is Playing Your Instrument a Pain in the Neck?

Is Playing Your Instrument a Pain in the Neck?

  Many musicians suffer from neck, shoulder and back pain while practising or performing.  But help is at hand with the Alexander Technique, a simple method used by performers including Sting, Madonna, Sir James Galway and Yehudi Menuhin. But what exactly is it, and how can it help you? Daren Banarsë, an Alexander Teacher and professional musician gives us the low down…   A musicia... »

Performance Anxiety – A Way to Deal with it that Works!

Performance Anxiety – A Way to Deal with it that Works!

by Jennifer Roig-Francolí Certified Alexander Technique Teacher and Professional Violinist Cincinnati, Ohio   This is a practical article with simple steps (listed at the end) that you can use on your own without a teacher, right after you read them, to help you better understand your own experience of performance anxiety and how to overcome it. The steps I offer are based on the F. M. Alexan... »

Alexander Technique for Flautists

Alexander Technique for Flautists

The Alexander Technique: Lecture Given to the Flute Performance Class at UMASS February 13, 2007 By Priscilla Hunt ©2007   Today more and more people are realizing that musicians are especially at risk for muscular-skeletal and other injuries related to repetitive stress and tension. The National Association of Schools of Music now mandates that music schools provide health information to stu... »

Three Musicians Talk about the Alexander Technique

Three Musicians Talk about the Alexander Technique

Bill Benham (violin), Melbon Mackie (bassoon) & Joseph Sanders (oboe)   MEL: Bill, can I first ask you the question that I find terribly hard to answer if somebody asks me, “What is the Alexander Technique?” BILL: It’s always difficult to answer and it really depends on who you’re speaking to because images mean different things to different people. What it isnR... »

Marshalling Your Body’s Intelligence

Marshalling Your Body’s Intelligence

Marshalling Your Body’s Intelligence – Alexander Technique for Musicians by Joan Arnold   In a memorable performance, we know when there is a sense of rightness and ease, when we’re buoyed up by the rhythm, the feel of other musicians or the responsive pulse of the audience.  But when we don’t have that ease, how do we get it? When we lose it, how do we get it back? The Alexander Techni... »

Poise in Performance

Poise in Performance

Poise in Performance: Alexander Technique for Musicians By Joan Arnold   About 14 years ago, when I was in training to become a teacher of the Alexander Technique, a friend took me to a lovely quartet concert at Carnegie Recital Hall. As we listened to the music, I watched the bodies of the performers fight with their customary tensions – the cello player tightly curving over his cello,... »

Alexander Technique for Percussionists

Alexander Technique for Percussionists

Relating the Alexander Technique to Activities of a Percussionist By Rob Falvo   As percussionists, we typically perform on all our instruments with excess tension. We go through our life practicing and performing without any real change. Instead, we adopt methods of relaxation or stretching in hopes of keeping our career alive until we are ready to stop. We might justify our aches and pains ... »

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