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A good percentage of musicians who seek my help as an Alexander Technique teacher do so because of chronic pain when playing their instruments. And with some, it might not be because of pain, per se, but because of a palpable sense of strain and misdirected effort as they play. Though the source of (and […]
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Freedom is the capacity to pause in the face of stimuli from many directions at once and, in this pause, to throw one’s weight (put one’s intentions) toward ‘this’ response rather than ‘that’ one. -Rollo May, existential psychologist, from his book ‘Freedom and Destiny’ One thing that virtually every musician has to do in order to improve […]
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Whether giving an Alexander Technique lesson to a musician, or simply observing myself when I practice, I’ve come to notice one particular postural/movement habit that we all seem to have in common when faced with a potentially “stressful” stimulus when playing our instruments. This is also something I can see as I watch musicians (and […]
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The word ‘relax’ can be a very dangerous word for some musicians. –Karl Snider, singer, voice teacher, Alexander Technique teacher One of the fundamental benefits of studying  the Alexander Technique and applying it to musical performance is in reducing or eliminating misdirected effort. It is this misdirected effort (manifested through muscular tension) that leads to […]
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As an Alexander Technique teacher who is also a serious musician, one of the professional roles that I enjoy most is that of a practice coach. I get immense satisfaction (and joy!) in helping musicians discover and implement new ways to optimize their practice time and efforts. Some of the musicians I coach come to […]
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Perseverance, discipline, passion, courage and faithfulness are qualities that every serious musician needs in order to achieve any kind of success (both/either commercial and/or artistic). In this rapidly changing world, where the perceived value of artistic efforts in general is in a constant state of flux, I find it remarkable that there are so many […]
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I’m pleased to announce that I’m now offering an educational service specifically dedicated to addressing and improving issues related to time, rhythm and feel. I call it Rhythm Coach, and it represents the years of study, exploration and teaching experience I’ve acquired in helping musicians (including myself!) of all ability levels refine their sense of […]
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