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Indirect Procedures: A Musician's Guide to the Alexander Technique

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A musician's life is filled with many stressful situations: passing auditions, rehearsing and performing with difficult partners, sitting for long hours in uncomfortable chairs, going on stage to face audiences large and small, who may or may not be receptive to the performance they are presented. And yet many musicians are able to surmount these looming obstacles with grace and balance, to find satisfaction and artistry in their music and build productive and lasting careers. Indirect Procedures will guide you ...

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Overview

A musician's life is filled with many stressful situations: passing auditions, rehearsing and performing with difficult partners, sitting for long hours in uncomfortable chairs, going on stage to face audiences large and small, who may or may not be receptive to the performance they are presented. And yet many musicians are able to surmount these looming obstacles with grace and balance, to find satisfaction and artistry in their music and build productive and lasting careers. Indirect Procedures will guide you around these obstacles and along that path to becoming a balanced and successful musician.

Based on the work of Frederick Matthias Alexander, this book is a thorough and practical approach to the issues of musicians' health and wellbeing. Author Pedro de Alcantara introduces concepts and exercises for musicians to let go of excessive tensions, stay focused, and direct their energies as they handle the challenges of practicing, rehearsing, and performing. Complemented by an extensive, easy-to-use companion website, and working alongside Integrated Practice, this new edition of Indirect Procedures is an invaluable and essential resource for today's musicians to learn to sing, play, and conduct with less effort and stronger results.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195388602
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Series: Integrated Musician Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 212,324
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Pedro de Alcantara is a musician, writer, and teacher. His books include Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound, The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life, and the children's novels Befiddled and Backtracked. He lives in Paris and New York, and he travels the world giving seminars and master classes.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: The Principles
1. The Use of the Self
2. The Primary Control: Head, Neck, Back
3. Sensory Awareness and Conception
4. Inhibition and Non-doing
5. Direction
6. Action

Part II: The Procedures
7. The Learning Experience
8. The Monkey and the Lunge: Back, Pelvis, Legs
9. Reaching Out: Shoulders, Arms, Hands, Fingers
10. The Whispered "Ah": Lips, Tongue, Jaw, Breath, Voice
11. Constructive Rest
12. Working on Yourself

Part III: The Applications
13. Technique
14. Aesthetic Judgments
15. Imitation
16. Daily Practice
17. Integrative Practice Strategies
18. Stage Fright

Conclusion

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2000

    wonderful book

    This is a wonderful introduction to the Alexander Technique and a book well worth reading, Filled with examples and clear descriptions, this book lays out and builds upon a basic understanding of Alexander Technique. It travels not only the surface route to good use, but also delves into the ways in which the Alexander Technique can assist in asthetic decisions. Great book! And he's a cellist, who could ask for anything more?!

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