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

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The problems of a musician have many causes and many possible solutions. While working conditions, stress, and instrument and furniture design are all significant factors, the most important aspect remains not what is done to musicians, but what they do to themselves. F. M. Alexander (1869-1955) saw the individual as a whole, and talked not of 'the body', but of 'the self', not of 'posture', but of 'use'. The aim of the Alexander Technique is not to teach you to do what is right, but to help you stop doing what ...
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Overview

The problems of a musician have many causes and many possible solutions. While working conditions, stress, and instrument and furniture design are all significant factors, the most important aspect remains not what is done to musicians, but what they do to themselves. F. M. Alexander (1869-1955) saw the individual as a whole, and talked not of 'the body', but of 'the self', not of 'posture', but of 'use'. The aim of the Alexander Technique is not to teach you to do what is right, but to help you stop doing what is wrong, through a series of practical procedures which awaken your awareness of the way you use yourself and allow you to develop your innate potential. The Technique can be applied to all areas of musical activity, from instrumental and vocal technique, sound production, and interpretation, to daily practice, rehearsal routines, and the mitigating of stage fright and other health problems. This book, by an experienced professional musician and Alexander teacher, is the first to deal specifically with the applications of the Technique to music making.
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"Indirect Procedures provides musicians with their first authoritative overview of the Alexander Technique that is specifically directed to the profession. Alcantara has made a significant and valuable contribution."--Piano & Keyboard

"This is one of the most thorough discussions of the Alexander technique to appear in recent years, and the musical component renders it unique. Recommended to all libraries with music collections."--Choice

"...teeming with resources and ideas,... musicians will appreciate the specificity of its technical tete-a-tete."--Chamber Music

"Indirect Procedures provides musicians with their first authoritative overview of the Alexander Technique that is specifically directed to the profession. Alcantara has made a significant and valuable contribution."--Piano & Keyboard

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  • ISBN-13: 9780198165682
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/24/1997
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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