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Indirect Procedures A Musician's Guide to the Alexander Technique

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ISBN-10: 0198165692

ISBN-13: 9780198165699

Edition: 1996

Authors: Pedro De Alcantara

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The problems of a musician may have many causes and many possible solutions. While working conditions, stress, and instrument and furniture design are all significant factors, the most important aspect of a musician's life remains not what is done to them, 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 his 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 and allow you to develop your innate potential. The Alexander Technique applies to all areas of musical activity, from technique, sound production, and interpretation, to daily practice, rehearsal routines, and the mitigating of stage fright and 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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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/24/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduaton
The Principles
The Use of the Self
The Primary Control
Sensory Awareness and Conception
Inhibition
Direction
Action
The Procedures
The Lesson
Breathing
The Monkey and the Lunge
The Arms and Hands
The Whispered 'Ah'
Table Work
Working on Yourself
The Applications
Technique
Daily Practice
Aesthetic Judgements
Norms and Deviations
Delayed Continuity
Variables and Constants
The Trampoline
Imitation
Stage Fright
Conclusions
The Medical Perspective
Questions and Answers
F. M. Alexander: a Biographical Sketch
My Pantheon
Notes
Bibliography
Index