Alexander Technique

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Alex Yates, Dec 26, 2005.

  1. Alex Yates

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    Hey Manny,

    I know you are into "Alexander Technique" and that it compliments Dave Monette's acclimation advice on his equipment. It is also beneficial for all musicians. I have a great DVD that covers this subject very well and includes a lot of great visual instruction. I will include the link here for anyone else who is interested. If you don't already have this, you should pick it up.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...sr=11-1/ref=sr_11_1/104-7884285-4576737?n=130

    I have had this DVD since its release. I discovered while searching for this one that several others have been released. I have not seen any of these yet, so I have no opinion. I just thought to pass this along for anyone interested in visual study of Alexander Technique.
     
  2. Manny Laureano

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    Bless your eyes, Alex!

    I will pick it up and give you my impressions...

    ML
     
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  4. Alex Yates

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    Great article Glenn! I would love to have access to medical attention sensitive to the needs of musicians. Thanks for sharing.
     
  5. Kenzo

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    Thank you for bringing the Alexander Technique up. I had read a great deal about it and picked up a manual. I read the manual several times but still wasn't sure of my understanding of the material. I did some research and found a teacher nearby, contacted her and arranged for some lessons. Well, after 6 months of AT lessons the material in the manual makes perfect sense.

    I would encourage all of my colleagues to think about AT lessons. My teacher is a professional dancer so she understands the needs (and psychology) of performers.

    I found that besides better posture, I breathe much easier, am more relaxed and have much more energy.

    Here are a few websites for those who are interested.

    www.alexandertech.org

    www.atcne.com

    Thanks again for bringing up AT.

    K
     
  6. Mikey

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    I also just ordered both. I will let you know how they work.

    (This is great for someone with a bad back)


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  7. Kenzo

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    It helped relieve my back pains.

    I do believe that finding a good teacher of the technique is essential. One of the problems I had from just reading and trying the technique versus lessons with a teacher was that our perceptions of what the body is actually doing is flawed. A qualified teacher can help change some of our perceptions.

    Good luck with your pursuits.

    K
     
  8. Alex Yates

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    I agree with you Kenzo. That is why I posted a link for a DVD. While it is not the same as having lessons, it is much more informative than trying to learn from a book.
     
  9. davidquinlan

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    Just like playing trumpet then.. ;)

    One of my mates, who is also a trumpet player is studying to be an AT instructor/teacher. We are sometimes used as guinea pigs for him.

    It's on my list of things to do........
     
  10. Kenzo

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    Alex,

    I believe you are quite correct the DVD will definitely be a help over just a manual. I think simply bringing AT to the masses (so to speak) is a positive endeavour. Thanks again.

    David,

    You will be able to help your friend studying to be an AT instructor quite a lot by helping him to understand the unique issues musicians have.



    Best,

    Kenny Roe
     

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