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Finding the Lightness – Alexander Technique for Pianists

Finding the Lightness – Alexander Technique for Pianists

  How does a baby move? Naturally and fluidly, with little thought about the “how” involved and an innate desire to find balance. It is that earliest ease of movement that most adults have forgotten – and that Robert Bedford seeks to restore, specifically in musicians. “I was always fascinated by the movements of animals and babies and of well-coordinated people in general, as well as movemen... »

Oboe Woes – Challenges Facing the oboist

Oboe Woes – Challenges Facing the oboist

By Andrea Newhouse Fedele An article originally written for the American Society for the Alexander Technique Journal   I wouldn’t be surprised to find someday in a dictionary under the word ‘tight’ a phrase such as “the state of the oboist” or “the state of most anatomical parts of the oboist”. The challenges facing the oboist are considerable and the... »

Performing With Ease – The Alexander Technique

Performing With Ease – The Alexander Technique

  Performing With Ease – An Introduction to the Alexander Technique by Rob Falvo   We all have habitual patterns of movement, but we’re not all conscious of these patterns. This results in resistance to movement, and performing becomes stressful to the body. When we are aware of our movements, we can sense both the ease and stress in our body. When we are unaware, we may not feel e... »

Alexander Technique for Pianists

Alexander Technique for Pianists

  An Introduction to the Alexander Technique for Pianists and their Teachers by Deborah Fishbein Adams   A student enters the studio for a lesson in the Alexander Technique. Before her is a chair, perhaps a table and a mirror. The teacher guides the student to the chair, his hands perceptively, gently cradling her head. He says, “neck free, head forward and up.”   What d... »

Percussionists – A Look at Resistance

Percussionists – A Look at Resistance

By Rob Falvo   The Alexander Technique can be a catalyst for understanding who we are. By observing body tension, we can discover how our minds behave and begin to discover our fears, belief systems, and unconscious agendas. As long as there is an agenda, there is resistance and interference to the flow of life. When we notice these conditions, there is a possibility that tension will drop aw... »

Rising Above Performance Anxiety

Rising Above Performance Anxiety

By Rob Falvo   Stage fright and performance anxiety are fears that come up when one is self-conscious. Feelings of dread, worry, apprehension, angst, nervousness, and an overall unease are commonly felt when self-consciousness is present. “I have to be on stage now and I feel so nervous. All I want is this feeling to go away.” “I am on stage now and I feel trapped. I just want to leave but ca... »

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