The Alexander Technique has a long history of helping musicians prevent and recover from injury. Playing music is an incredibly complex activity that requires a high level of dexterity and precision in movement. Yet very often these repetitive motions cause people to develop all kinds of injury problems that limit their practice, expression, and sometimes even their careers.
Even if you are one of the rare musicians who isn’t plagued with injury or tension issues (yet), there is still a lot you could gain from studying AT. No matter what instrument you play, there is a more primary instrument that we all have in common. That is of course the instrument of you, the human being. Your understanding of how this instrument functions is fundamental not only to enjoying a musical life free from injury, but to having the most control and finesse over the quality of your movements, and therefore the quality of your sound. Alexander Technique study can help you refine your kinaesthetic awareness and control to give you more freedom and potential in playing.
Most people have habitual patterns of movement in practice and performance that they are not aware of. Focusing so much on the music itself can result in not really being aware of how you are using your body in the process. Over time this can lead to all kinds of issues such as pain and injury, excess tension, fatigue, performance nerves, and a loss of pleasure in playing. Lessons in the Alexander Technique can help you identify unconscious habits that are getting in your way, so you can learn to be centred and at ease in body and mind, more able to express yourself clearly.
Many famous and talented musicians have studied and benefited from AT lessons including Sting, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Yehudi Menuhin, Julian Bream, James Galway, Julian Lage, and David Russell. Alexander Technique study is part of the curriculum at many fine music schools around the world including the The Juilliard School in New York, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the Royal College of Music in London and many more.
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Check out this video to hear some musicians speaking about their experience with the Alexander Technique: