Maximize your musical progress by freeing yourself from physical blocks
Alexander Technique for Musicians
The Alexander Technique is a big component of how I teach guitar. It is a practice of self-awareness that trains students to shed unnecessary muscular tension and to use their bodies much more optimally and efficiently.
For musicians, the result is quicker progress, better sound, and a feeling of ease when playing their instrument. Many students also find that incorporating the Technique into their playing also reduces their performance anxiety considerably.
The Alexander Technique is a part of the curriculum at the Juilliard School of Performing Arts, the Boston Conservatory of Music, and the Royal College of Music in London. It is also publicly endorsed by many prominent musicians including Yehudi Menuhin and Paul McCartney.
Physical pain from playing one's instrument can be extremely frustrating, disheartening, and even threatening to one's livelihood. Many musicians (me included) have found the Alexander Technique to bring back the world of pain-free music making to their lives, while also opening up many new avenues of musical exploration.
Many musicians develop habits of playing that involve considerably more muscular tension and strain than is necessary, and unfortunately this often begins to manifest as chronic pain. Through learning how to use your body to play with minimal strain, The Alexander Technique teaches you to prevent chronic pain from ever interfering with your musical enjoyment. And for those who are already experiencing some form of playing related pain, the Technique can often help your pain become a thing of the past.
"Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart."