Trumpet Discussion Discuss Alexander Technique in the General forums; Hey Manny,
I know you are into "Alexander Technique" and that it compliments Dave Monette's acclimation advice on his equipment. ...
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.
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.
Bless your eyes, Alex!
I will pick it up and give you my impressions...
Wow...not that expensive at all. I was ready for a $50 price tag.
I saw this at myauditions.com, and immediately thought of this thread:
Thought it relevant.
"Roses have thorns; shining waters mud. Clouds and eclipses stain the moon and the sun; and history reeks of the wrongs we have done. After today, after today, consider me gone."- Sting
Great article Glenn! I would love to have access to medical attention sensitive to the needs of musicians. Thanks for sharing.
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.
Thanks again for bringing up AT.
I also just ordered both. I will let you know how they work.
(This is great for someone with a bad back)
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.
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.
Originally Posted by Kenzo
Just like playing trumpet then.. ;)
Originally Posted by Kenzo
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........
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.
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.
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