The way in which
performers acquire the
necessary skills or levels of musicianship to practice their
rarely includes practical advice on
how they are to maintain an appropriate level of attention on
themselves during this process.
If your whole system is unnecessarily struggling ( even momentarily
succeeding in that struggle ) to engage in a
task, how much better would both your levels of perception and your
execute your skills be, if such a struggle was removed?
It is this inappropriate level of background muscle tension
associated sense of effort which is the cause of so many problems. If
we continue in this way for long enough, then we
become reluctant to even believe that we can
function without this
particular sense of effort.
This is a fertile ground in which chronic muscular pain, injury,
re-injury and "burn out" can become established.
initial interest in the
Technique arose out of
problems that they were having as musicians. Although they
both now teach the Technique to individuals from a broad cross-section
of the community they retain a particular interest in working with
musicians and other performing artists. They both taught the Alexander
Technique as a course subject at WAAPA@ECU in Perth for 8 years and
their own training as teachers
of the Technique had a particular emphasis on its application to the
practice of making music.
a performing artist the Alexander Technique
- Provides you with the
to be skilful in the
way you use yourself.
- Gives you the ability
truly choose the manner of
is the basis of a truly creative response. No longer do your skills as
a performer have to come at an ever increasing cost
in terms of pain and discomfort.