This ebook, An Alexander Technique Approach to Alto Saxophone 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 saxophone 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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WHEN YOU’VE RUN OR PLAYED AN INSTRUMENT A CERTAIN WAY FOR A VERY LONG TIME, AND YOU DECIDE TO CHANGE YOUR TECHNIQUE, IT CAN FEEL LIKE YOU’VE RUN INTO A STONE WALL AND CAN’T CHANGE.
OR, IT FEELS TOO HARD TO CHANGE.
Why is this?
Almost everyone around us teaches us that if we’ve done something a certain way for a long time, change is hard.
The way we’ve run or play the piano is seen as darn near immutable.
THIS IS A BELIEF, NOT REALITY!
What do I mean?
If you believe the way you’ve run or played the piano for a long time is going to take a very long time to change, it will.
But what if I, as an Alexander Technique teacher, show you a a superior posture, a superior technique, then can the the change to the new posture and technique be relatively easy?
YES! But two things have to happen.
You have to accept that what I’m showing you is superior to the way you’ve run or played the piano, and you have to let go of the belief that change is hard, almost impossible.
Let me explain.
If I have you make a postural change or technique change at the piano, and even if only for a moment you experience how easy playing can be, then let yourself be hooked, which means see the potential for playing with ease and no more physical damage permanently.
The second part of being able to make change relatively easy is letting go of the belief that old technique and posture are rooted deeply.
IF YOU HAVE USED POOR TECHNIQUE AND POSTURE FOR YEARS AND YEARS, THEN SOMEWHERE DEEP INSIDE YOU, YOU KNOW THAT IF YOUR RUNNING OR PIANO PLAYING DOESN’T FEEL RIGHT, THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH HOW YOU’RE DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING, NOT THAT YOU LACK THE ABILITY TO DO BETTER.
Let me go back to what I said about showing you how to play the piano with greater ease and comfort. If in that revelatory moment you see the potential for great technique, then let that aha moment be permanent.
In other words, let the revelation be permanent, and don’t doubt that it will be.
This requires the acceptance of the second part of the equation, that bad technique and bad posture have shallow roots.
Together, the momentary experience of great ease at running or playing the playing effortlessly in an Alexander Technique session, joined with the new belief that old poor technique and posture do not have to take a long time to replace, can make years of banging your head against the poor posture and poor technique wall quick to release.
Talking psychologically here, if you’ve done something for a very long time with technique and posture on auto pilot, you tend to be so invested in how you’ve run or played the piano, no matter how poorly and physically destructively, you tell yourself that change is too had, not worth the effort, and you’re condemning yourself to pain because of a lie believed.
LET THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE TEACHER SHOW YOU WHAT A JOY IT IS TO DO WHAT YOU DO WITH GREATER AND GREATER EASE, BECAUSE YOU’RE WORTH IT.