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 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.

Annette Shaw

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