Alexander Technique

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by ptynan, Jul 29, 2006.

  1. ptynan

    ptynan Pianissimo User

    231
    0
    Sep 13, 2005
    Antigonish, NS
    Folks,

    I am thinking about bringing in an Alexander Technique specialist to work with the brass and saxophone players at the university I teach at in the spring semester. If anybody has any experience with it or has at least tried it out I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on what the positive (or negative) aspects of having an Alexander Technique specialist give a clinic would be.


    Best,
    PT
     
  2. eisprl

    eisprl Mezzo Piano User

    Age:
    35
    602
    1
    Sep 26, 2004
    Halifax, NS CANADA
    Hey

    We had Alexander Tech representatives at Mount Allison once a couple years ago. I believe they have a clinic (is that what you would call it?) based out of Halifax. Also I have a friend who is a clinician for the Alexander Technique. I will try and get some contact info for you if you like. I am sure that she would know more about the benefits.

    Cheers
    Eric Sproul
     
  3. KMT

    KMT Pianissimo User

    162
    1
    Nov 23, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    I took Alexander Technique for a semester when I was at NEC. I have some friends that it has helped tremendously, but I am really on the fence. Some aspects were helpful, others were worthless to me.
     
  4. eisprl

    eisprl Mezzo Piano User

    Age:
    35
    602
    1
    Sep 26, 2004
    Halifax, NS CANADA
    Ya when they came to my school to talk about the program I went away still confused with what they actually do!

    E.
     
  5. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

    5,915
    10
    Sep 29, 2004
    USA
    The Alexander Technique and a primary knowledge of Yoga tenets have been, along with the things that I learned from Arnold Jacobs, the triumverate of information that transformed my playing and teaching. I recommend Alexander as highly as possible.

    ML
     
  6. Kenzo

    Kenzo Pianissimo User

    59
    0
    Nov 18, 2003
    Bristol, Connecticut
    Paul,

    I studied AT privately and it was temendously helpful. My neck and upper back pain disappeared and my whole approach to pretty much everything changed. It felt as if I could move much more easily through my day.

    My trumpet playing seemed easier and my mindset was more relaxed and I felt more centered. An absolutely positive experience for me.

    Also, it helped my golf game too. :D

    I would encourage you to go ahead with your plan and encourage your students to study AT.

    Good luck!
     
  7. eisprl

    eisprl Mezzo Piano User

    Age:
    35
    602
    1
    Sep 26, 2004
    Halifax, NS CANADA
    Is it possible to study it without a clinician? (through books etc?)

    E.
     
  8. Kenzo

    Kenzo Pianissimo User

    59
    0
    Nov 18, 2003
    Bristol, Connecticut
    I tried reading the books and manuals on AT on my own, some of it is not cut and dry so to speak. When dealing with the idea of "inhibition" it is hard to figure some of it out on your own. The thought of "not" doing and allowing the mind and body to follow is tricky since our perception of what we are/are not doing and our perceived position (body-wise) is space can be flawed. We may "feel" that we are not going to move an arm but the muscles may not totally release.

    I know I may not be very clear. I found that once I got together with my AT teacher, things became very easy for me to understand and to put into practice. It really is a different way of self-perception if you will.

    Check out www.atcne.com

    There is a lot of great information there as well as their links page.

    I hope this helps.
     
  9. Albert Castillo

    Albert Castillo Pianissimo User

    Age:
    42
    106
    0
    Aug 11, 2006
    Munich
    :thumbsup:
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2010
  10. noonan

    noonan New Friend

    19
    0
    Sep 8, 2005
    Annapolis, MD
    I took lessons fairly regularly during my graduate degree and felt an immense improvement, particularly in my breathing. It seems impossible to learn from a book, and if you can't commit to or afford weekly lessons it can be tough. The key to learning a new 'use' of your body is to consistently reinforce it. A big part of college is being exposed to new things that you might not otherwise learn about, so I think it's great that you are giving your students a unique opportunity. Even if they can't take regular lessons now, you never know when the opportunity might present itself later down the road. I certainly hope to get the chance myself. Opened doors are definitely a good thing!
     

Share This Page