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

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Clarendon Press, 1997 - Music - 313 pages
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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 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 is a how-to about the Alexander Technique that is accessible to those studying the technique yet are not professional musicians. You can read the book metaphorically and glean ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction i
1
The Principles
7
The Use of the Self
9
The Primary Control
25
Sensory Awareness and Conception
38
Inhibition
46
Direction
55
Action
72
Combined Procedures
157
Working on Yourself
161
The Applications
169
Technique
171
Daily Practice
178
Aesthetic Judgements
203
Norms and Deviations
216
Delayed Continuity
229

The Procedures
79
The Lesson
81
Breathing
90
The Monkey and the Lunge
100
The Arms and Hands
121
The WhisperedAh
144
Table Work
152
Variables and Constants
235
The Trampoline
244
Stage Fright
257
Conclusions
271
My Pantheon
286
Bibliography
301
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Pedro de Alcantara is at French Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique.

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