Healthy and Efficient Practice: Aim for Wanting This at the End of Each Session

Part of my work as practice coach is in helping musicians clarify their wishes. This involves suggesting ways to reframe what they want in a manner that is most conducive to actually getting it. One of the most fundamental desires I encourage my clients to cultivate has to do with how they feel at the […]

Skill and Coordination (They’re Not Necessarily the Same Thing)

One of the aims of the Alexander Technique is to improve coordination. And I would say more specifically for musicians, the aim of the Technique is to improve the quality of  overall  coordination that you use to implement your music making skills. A misapprehension that many musicians have is that skill and coordination are one and the […]

This Change In Attitude Can Help You Play With Much Less Strain

The main thing I look for whenever I’m giving an Alexander Technique lesson to a musician for the first time is preparation. I want to see what my student does those brief seconds before she or he starts to play. Playing music involves movement, and movement requires preparation, whether it is done consciously or unconsciously. […]

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 […]