Alexander Technique

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Steve Marcus, Aug 28, 2009.


Your experience of taking Alexander Technique lessons was

  1. extremely helpful for my brass instrument playing and/or comfort.

  2. somewhat helpful for my brass instrument playing and/or comfort.

  3. neutral--it had little or no effect upon my brass instrument playing and/or comfort.

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  4. somewhat detrimental to my brass instrument playing and/or comfort.

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  5. extremely detrimental to my brass instrument technique.

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  6. an excellent use of my time and money.

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  7. a waste of my time and money.

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  8. I have not taken Alexander Technique lessons.

  9. Just what is the Alexander Technique?

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Steve Marcus

    Steve Marcus Member

    In addition to the question in the poll:

    How important is it to take Alexander Technique lessons with a brass instrument player (or at least an instructor who has experience lifting and/or balancing a musical instrument while playing) vs. an instructor who does not have experience playing a wind instrument?
  2. Getzonica

    Getzonica Active Member

    What is this alexander technique?
    all I can tell you about the techniques I use is that my teacher taught me them......
  3. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    I'm not sure how widespread (in the UK) is the qualified use of the technique. Posture and stress reduction in playing and teaching is one thing but the extended principles used in the Alexander technique is another.
  4. davidquinlan

    davidquinlan Member

    A trumpet playing friend of mine is soon to become an alexander technique practicioner, with a view to specialising in treating musicians. Both Mrs Q (an singer, actor / dancer, trumpet / cornet player) and I have benified from sessions.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2009
  5. Rhonda

    Rhonda Member

    Here is one of the best:
    Tim Soar.
    Brilliant musician, brilliant teacher.

    I'm not into Alexander technique and am very suspicious of this whole this or that technique movement. I prefer a good round of practising and sound knowledge of the pieces I'm going to perform. Confidence is the only "technique" I personally need and trust in.

    Performing with Tim is great fun. He's calm and knows his music!!
  6. A few years ago I was experiencing horrific pain in my left shoulder area after long periods of practicing and after concerts. I was told about the Alexander Technique and went for a few sessions.

    Although I was sceptical at first, after the 1st session I really noticed the difference, not just in the way my instrument felt weightless in my hand, but how my whole posture had improved, which in turn improved my breathing, and when walking I felt as though I was about 6 inches taller!

    I would seriously recommend anyone to try it if they are having issues with posture, aches or pains etc, because long term damage can occur if left unsolved, such as RSI etc. But as they say, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and sometimes such techniques and theories can over complicate things unnecessarily.
  7. Rhonda

    Rhonda Member

    Very well said!
    During my time at the "Hochschule fuer Musik"(conservatoire) most of the wind instrument players went absolutely mad about Alexander Technique. No matter what, you had to do courses to be part of the game.
    That's how I was definitely put off the whole thing altogether.
    Why create a problem where there's no problem?
    And yes, I agree. If there is a problem Alexander Technique can be a great relief!

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