A Simple Way To Expand Your Improvisational Vocabulary (As You Improve Your Technique!)

The most typical frustration that an aspiring student of improvisation expresses to me in our initial consultation is that they feel stuck. They feel rather stagnant, uninspired by their own predictable (to them, anyhow!) playing. And as I listen to them play and ask questions, I notice without fail that not enough of their practice […]

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. […]

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 […]