I would not say I am a fan of the technique – I am a disciple. For many years I suffered with chronic neck pain following a horse riding accident. When my HR manager recommended the Alexander Technique I was intrigued. Her father, a stroke victim, had experienced an incredible recovery from practising the Technique – to the point where he no longer needed a walking stick. After the first lesson I felt a dramatic difference; my neck felt long and free like a giraffe. Soon after that my teacher said I had learnt enough to incorporate the technique into my everyday life and manage my situation myself.
Musicians are aware that they themselves are the instruments that play their instrument, and nowhere is that more true than for the singer where the instrument –their vocal mechanism– is an integral part of themselves.
Singers come to the Technique mainly for two reasons: pain or technical limitation. The Alexander Technique can help you, the singer, become free from vocal pain - and it can help take your singing technique to a level you never imagined possible.
The basic principles of the Alexander Technique can help you become aware of and eliminate habitual patterns that hinder freedom of voice and singing.
Learning to use your body and your whole self better can help you move, sing and breathe with more freedom.
The Alexander Technique can help you with:
- Breathing and vital capacity
- Support for the voice and breath
- Creative expression
- Performance nerves
- Jaw and tongue tension
- Healthy voice use
- Extending vocal range