This ebook, An Alexander Technique Approach to Musicians’ Injuries, is published on this website in a PDF format. It is written to give all performing musicians deep insights into the bad habits and technique that performers do that can end careers with pain, strain, and injuries.
This ebook is also for sale on all AMAZON websites in a KINDLE format.
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I look at all of the instruments from piano, to guitar to clarinet, to singing etc. This ebook describes in detail the changes to the performing habits of the back, neck, shoulders, hips, wrists, fingers, knees, and jaw that cause can cause so much pain in a performer’s body.
I help the performer identify exactly what he or she is doing to cause so much pain and strain and injury in performance. Many performers have wonderful technique but the excess tension in their technique and posture can cause intense pain, even when it is not visibly obvious what is going on in the body.
This ebook helps you, maybe for the first time, identify the subtle and maybe not so subtle habits in your playing or singing that are making your good technique not work for you. All excess tension pulls bones closer together and causes wear and tear and pain throughout the body. When you begin to hurt in one area of your body, and if you begin to tense more and more to wall off the pain, then you cause other areas of your body to hurt, and your good technique seems not to be good technique.
I’m a certified Alexander Technique teacher, and my training was designed to help me look at any performing musician and identify the obvious and not so obvious postural and technical problems that are causing pain and injury. I then show the performer what they’re doing and not doing that is compromising his or her technique. So many performing musicians have a very general postural and technical awareness of how they play the instrument or sing, but they aren’t always aware of how to make changes that can release the hurting in the hand or neck or shoulder etc.
To make a good technique work that isn’t working, the performer is shown in this ebook how to approach the different areas of the body allowing movement and flow in all of these areas. No matter how quiet certain areas of the body seem to be in performance, if you lock these areas you will begin to hurt after long hours of practice or performance. Example: A seated violinist with tense legs will over time cause hip and lower back pain.
I’m also writing from my background as a concert guitarist. When I went to an Alexander Technique teacher with carpal tunnel syndrome on the guitar, I wanted to get out of physical trouble as soon as I could. And I did! It is this experience as a hurting guitarist that I never forgot. After I finished my Alexander Technique training, it is this remembered pain and fear of having to stop playing and performing that I bring to my writing and teaching. It makes it possible for me to write clearly about the physical problems that so many performers create in their bodies.