Alexander Technique

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... »

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... »

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 ... »

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... »

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