Playing an Instrument

Tension generated by musicians spending long hours of playing, both in rehearsal and performance, often cause them to experience pain, discomfort and technical limitation in playing.

Alexander Technique can help you:

  • avoid creating pain when playing
  • improve your instrumental technique and quality of action in playing
  • transform tone quality
  • enhance freedom and stage presence in performance
  • gain more control of breathing

 

The word ‘technique’ in Alexander Technique is akin to the word ‘technique’ as applied to musical instruments.

The Alexander Technique addresses you as the instrument that plays the instrument.

It works by helping you become aware of and change habits of misuse that affect the way you play. The principles of the Technique teach a way of thinking that can apply to any movement or situation and any technique, be it vibrato, circular breathing or walking on to the platform.

By having Alexander lessons you will not only develop a strong foundation to your instrumental technique, but also find that you can cope with stage fright and perform more reliably. In particular, you can improve your stage presence and communication with the audience.

Taking the weight of heavy instruments while playing, for example a bass or cello, is another challenge the Alexander Technique can help you with.

I was recommended the Alexander Technique for my problems with back pain. It took a few lessons before I noticed a subtle but very noticeable difference. Mainly in confidence; I no longer 'feared' my back going, as I had structures in place to deal with it. I've been doing it now for 17 years, seeing my teacher once a month. I am sure that, had I not found the Technique, I'd have gone down the road of further back operations, and would probably be in a wheelchair by now. Can't rate it too highly.

Carol Hedges - Author
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