The Resonant Body - Alexander Technique for Musicians
Musicians world-wide use the Alexander Technique to reduce playing-related pain, excess tension, nerves and stress and to improve instrumental technique, performance levels and practice effectiveness.
This workshop will be an introduction into how practising musicians can begin to apply the Alexander Technique in situ during playing, practising and performing.
The goal is to demystify the Alexander Technique using clearly explained principles of practical anatomy and biomechanics.
You will learn:
- why ‘standing up straight’ is not necessarily helpful and
- how ‘tension’ can be a positive thing in your playing.
We will be looking at:
- how Alexander Technique works to improve the coordination of posture, breathing and playing movements and
- how by reducing muscular effort you can access the power needed to connect deeply with the music.
Specifically, we will cover:
- how to find optimal balanced alignment in standing and sitting
- how to make the instrument part of that balanced, mobile system.
Janet Davies' work is supported by 30 years of study and experience in applying AT principles to music pedagogy and performance. She is an international leader in the field. Her unique and innovative teaching methods combine wide musical experience, skilled hands-on work and a detailed knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and modern instrumental pedagogy. She unpacks and demystifies the ‘intangibles’ of AT for musicians in such a way as to support their musical endeavours and facilitate immediate improvements in all aspects of playing and performance.
Requirements: The Resonant Body© is for all musicians, professional and amateur, who wish to learn more about injury prevention and to improve the physicality of their playing. Please bring your instrument as there may be a chance for participants to take part as examples in some practical activities.