Mind-body skills and Alexander Technique for musicians with Jennifer Roig-Francoli. Relieve pain, tension, anxiety; improve posture and performance. The Art of Freedom, by Jennifer Roig-Francolí, offers effective strategies to address persistent musicians' issues, such as pain, tension, and anxiety, from the inside out.
We all know that we play better when we’re focused, and concentration is a key to learning, right?
Sure! Everybody knows what if feels like (and what a disaster it can be) when you’re onstage and your mind starts wandering… you mess up!
Here’s a revolutionary way of looking at focus, though, which will show you that you’re probably NOT focusing in the best way. Here’s the live video I gave today on this topic:
Musicians: FOCUS on THIS when you play! / LIVE 016 - YouTube
In a nutshell…
When you DON’T FOCUS….. YIKES! (mistakes, embarrassment, frustration, trainwreck, etc.)
What do you do when you realize you’re unfocused and not paying attention to what you’re doing? You try harder, right? Not really a good idea, though….. Trying harder means more effort, and what you really want is for your music to be EFFORTLESS, with the minimum tension required to do the task.
You’ve got to look at HOW you’re focusing, and on WHAT!
Get your priorities clear: what’s your BIG PICTURE (or general mission… for your life… for your music… why are you a musician, anyway?). THEN you can include your specific goals (I want to play an F# next time!).
FOCUS on THIS: You will make your best music and learn fastest when you are paying attention to your PRIMARY INSTRUMENT first (that’s why it’s primary!) – your mind-body-Self. YOU are #1!
You can’t do ANYTHING without your primary instrument, and everything you do improves when your primary instrument is functioning well – with optimal coordination and well-being. Your sound reflects your primary instrument’s state of Being. You MUST make that the most important thing FIRST. It needs to be your PRIMARY FOCUS – and everything else fits into that.
But this is a SKILL! It must be learned and practiced!
Fortunately, it’s REALLY easy to learn this, and I can teach you how to do it! You can learn the first step on your own (for free!) in just 10 minutes, and then it takes just 2 minutes twice a day (with consistent practice) for your brain to start getting it!