Standing And Sitting To Play Music: Two Important Mechanical Principles

Practically without exception whenever I give a musician an Alexander Technique lesson, I witness habits of imbalance and tension in the acts of sitting and standing that sharply impact the musician’s coordination, comfort and sense of control and satisfaction. Because they are so deeply ingrained, the sensations of these habits fall below the kinesthetic “radar” […]

The Difference Between A Good Method And A Good Teacher

Most musicians that come to me for Alexander Technique lessons have a well-developed, highly detailed practice method that they follow. They have chosen this method deliberately, and typically follow it with an almost religious reverence. And therein lies some of the problems that lead them to seek my help in the first place. Don’t get […]

A Technique To Help You Improve Your Odds

Without a doubt, the greatest tool I possess as a musician is the Alexander Technique. By applying the Alexander principles, I’ve been able to not only solve a very serious problem that threatened my musical career, but also, continue to find growth, improvement and insights into the challenges that I, and many other musicians encounter. After years […]

The Power Of Deciding

One of the things that has become clearer to me since studying and teaching the Alexander Technique is what it really means to make a decision. To decide is not the same thing as to plan. Many people make plans about improving something in their lives (sometimes with elaborate details) that they will never carry out. Why? Because […]

Practicing Music: Understanding The Difference Between Routine And Process

There is a topic that seems to be finding its way into the books and blogs of several well-respected musicians and music teachers these days. It is about the importance of paying attention to the quality of process as you practice your instrument. I’m pleased with this trend, and am in complete agreement with it. […]