Indirect Procedures A Musician's Guide to the Alexander Technique

ISBN-10: 0195388607
ISBN-13: 9780195388602
Edition: 2nd 2013
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/16/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

A musician's life is filled with many stressful situations: passing auditions, rehearsing and performing with difficult partners, sitting for long hours in uncomfortable chairs, going on stage to face audiences large and small, who may or may not be receptive to the performance they are presented. And yet many musicians are able to surmount these looming obstacles with grace and balance, to find satisfaction and artistry in their music and build productive and lasting careers. Indirect Procedures will guide you around these obstacles and along that path to becoming a balanced and successful musician.Based on the work of Frederick Matthias Alexander, this book is a thorough and practical approach to the issues of musicians' health and wellbeing. Author Pedro de Alcantara introduces concepts and exercises for musicians to let go of excessive tensions, stay focused, and direct their energies as they handle the challenges of practicing, rehearsing, and performing. Complemented by an extensive, easy-to-use companion website, and working alongside Integrated Practice, this new edition of Indirect Procedures is an invaluable and essential resource for today's musicians to learn to sing, play, and conduct with less effort and stronger results.

Pedro de Alcantara is a Brazilian musician who lives in Paris and travels the world teaching the Alexander Technique, a method that improves habits of movement and thought in everyday activities. His first novel for young readers,Befiddled, is available from Yearling. From the Hardcover edition.

Introduction
The Principles
The Use of the Self
The Primary Control: Head, Neck, Back
Sensory Awareness and Conception
Inhibition and Non-doing
Direction
Action
The Procedures
The Learning Experience
The Monkey and the Lunge: Back, Pelvis, Legs, Feet
Reaching Out: Shoulders, Arms, Hands, Fingers
The Whispered "Ah"; Lips, Tongue, Jaw, Breath, Voice
Constructive Rest
Working on Yourself
The Applications
Technique
Aesthetic Judgments
Imitation
Daily Practice
Integrative Practice Strategies
Stage Fright
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography

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