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

  • Title: Indirect Procedures: A Musician's Guide to the Alexander Technique
  • Author: Pedro De Alcantara
  • ISBN: 9780198165699
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
  • Indirect Procedures A Musician s Guide to the Alexander Technique 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 rem
    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 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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    About Pedro De Alcantara


    1. My books include the children s novels Befiddled and Backtracked and works of non fiction for adults, including Indirect Procedures A Musician s Guide to the Alexander Technique and The Alexander Technique A Skill for Life published by Crowood I travel the world giving seminars and master classes for all creative people I m currently finishing two new books a new novel for young readers titled The Divine Computer and a book for musicians titled Integrated Practice I m also putting together a selection of my original improvisations and compositions for performance and recording.


    785 Comments


    1. More philosophical than I initially expected- lots to unpack here and definitely will need a second read-through.

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    2. Excellent. Everyone should read this book. Practical and useful information for anyone seeking to improve not just their habits but they're overall well being. It even addresses stage fright, and general stress. It explains Alexander Technique in logical terms. Very easy to read, but also very thorough. I won't hesitate to say: a life changer. Also, I took lots of notes.

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    3. I loved this book and read it slowly while taking lots of notes. This is an incredibly thoughtful and interesting guide to the Alexander technique for musicians. I am a non-musician Alexander technique teacher who read this book to learn more about how I can work with musician clients and also because I am interested in Pedro's ideas in general. While it is written for musicians, I think Indirect Procedures also a great book for non-musicians who are interested in the Alexander technique as well [...]

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    4. 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 quite a bit of wisdom about the technique and not be a master cellist. The language of the book simplifies the technique in such a way that it could be considered a viable introduction without taking a class. However, if you are at all interested in a better "use of the self", take a class! It's fascina [...]

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    5. THE best book I ever read in school. This revolutionized the way I approach my instrument, practicing and performing. If not for the Alexander Technique, I would not have been able to continue playing the violin and this book made it accessible when I wasn't able to afford an Alexander Technique therapist. Even if you aren't a musician, you should read this book. Ever wake up with a cramp in your neck or feel like your back is all knotted up? Yeah, read it.

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    6. If you are looking for info on the Alexander Technique, this is an excellent resource. Finally feel I understand its premises. While this is written at probably the college level, the author does a good job of providing examples of the sometimes rather nebulous concepts. Boiled down, a headache isn't just a headache. Mind-body-soul are all connected. Rather than steps to take, this talks more of undoing bad habits. Much to ponder. For musicians of all types.

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    7. Fantastic book on Alexander Technique written just for musicians. This was the third time I tried to read it. The first two times I was not studying AT at the time. This really needs to be read and studied under the guidance of an AT teacher. And should be read multiple times. Not the easiest read, but a lot of valuable information.

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    8. I enjoyed the lucidity, and highly logical and organised structure of this book, immensely. It resonated with much of the positive teaching I have experienced both instrumentally and through Alexander Technique, and helped contextualise and increase my understanding thereof.

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    9. This is one of my bibles.

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    10. I feel like I'm learning a lot, but I can't remember what more about what Alexander technique IS more about anatomy

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