10 Recurring Principles Of Effective Practice (And Performance)

This past year I’ve had the privilege and honor to serve as practice coach and Alexander Technique teacher to some especially outstanding musicians, from elite orchestral members, to studio session pros, to full-time jazz artists. I’m always so thankful for what I learn from my students, and use what I learn not only to help […]

An Important Component of Effective Practice That Is Too Often Overlooked

Whenever I meet with a musician for the first time to give a practice coaching session, I ask lots of questions about musical goals, as well as the procedures to attain those goals. In essence, these questions fall under the category of two broader questions: “What would you like to have?”  and “What are you […]

You And Your Instrument: Three Simple Steps That Make Playing Easier

Whenever I give a first Alexander Technique lesson to a musician, one of the things I’m most curious about is examining the relationship between instrumentalist  and instrument. It is often this interfacing  of person with tool that begins to perpetuate many of the difficulties musicians have that led them to seek my help in the […]

Two Things You Should Be Clear About Each Moment You Begin To Play

One of the things I emphasize when I’m coaching a musician is the importance of regularly redirecting  thought whenever practicing or performing. It is this “redirecting” process that is an essential element of constructive change. It is quite easy to fall into an autopilot frame of mind when spending any length of time with your […]

Something You Are Always Practicing When You Practice Music (Whether You Know It Or Not)

One of the biggest frustrations that many of the musicians have who seek my help as an Alexander Technique teacher is with consistency. Sometimes this seems to be within the practice cycle itself (some days you have it; others you don’t). And sometimes it seems to be the gap between the practice room and the […]