This ebook, An Alexander Technique Approach to Trombone Technique, is published in a PDF format. It is very detailed and practical, and it will give you the physical tools you need to take the limits off of your ability to create the accurate trombone technique you want without sacrificing your body.
This ebook is also for sale on all AMAZON websites in a KINDLE format.
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TO NOT DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO CREATE A TECHNIQUE THAT TRULY WORKS IN A SPORT OR ON A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT, YOU HAVE TO SUPPRESS THE PAIN YOU’RE IN, AND SUPPRESS CHOOSING TO DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO STOP HURTING YOURSELF.
If how you play the piano or run is damaging your body, and you continue to do what your doing, and don’t find help that works, then you have to be in denial. What do I mean?
I mean you have to ignore the pain you’re causing yourself with the poor technique you’re using to get the job done.
Let me back up here. What is denial? You would think denial is a pretty basic concept to understand, but it isn’t. Denial is seeing what you need to do to stop hurting yourself, and choosing not to help yourself. You simply FORGET that you don’t want to think about the fact that what you’re doing doesn’t work.
YOU TRULY CHOOSE TO FORGET TO DECIDE TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT – NOT WORK IT OUT YOURSELF OR SEEK HELP! Pretty bizarre definition of denial, huh?
What is suppressing? I see it as forced denial. When you force yourself with harshness to not choose a loving way to play golf or sing, then you are suppressing the loving decision to find a better way, by choosing a loving nondestructive way to play golf or sing.
What is minimizing? It means you tell yourself that the way you walk or play a violin isn’t really causing you all that much physical damage. So, you’re minimizing the damage you’re doing to your body, so you can continue to do what over time will cause a lot of damage to your body.
Denial and minimizing and suppressing go hand in hand. What does this mean?
IT MEANS THAT DENYING HOW MUCH HARM YOU’RE CAUSING YOUR BODY BY MINIMIZING HOW MUCH PAIN YOU’RE IN, AND FORCING YOURSELF TO SUPPRESS (FORGET) WHAT YOU’RE DOING, YOU CHOOSE TO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING. What does this mean?
It means you semi-consciously know what you’re doing to your body, but you just don’t want to deal with it, confront it, so you just go run or practice your instrument the way you’ve always done it.
I think I just came up with a definition of unawareness, which can be a definition for a person who isn’t very smart. So, you do what you do because you’ve always done it, and you ain’t aware of why you do what you do. YOU DON’T WANT TO THINK ABOUT. You just do it poorly and hope your body holds up. If not, there’s always quitting the instrument or golf, or hoping surgery gives you a few more years of performing or playing. Not very smart, huh?
So, I’m asking you to take a good long in depth look at how you do your specialized activity, and bring to full consciousness whether it’s working or not. Be brutally lovingly honest with your self.
If it isn’t working, then go find a certified Alexander Technique teacher. At least buy my ebook on your activity and get insights on how to stop hurting yourself for a few dollars.