The Alexander Technique,
Music and the Piano
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The Alexander Technique can give
the pianist -- young or old -- a
different experience of playing.
The AT begins by observing the connection
between head, neck and back (torso).
From this primary relationship we extend
out to the arms and legs. We've all seen babies
demonstrate what Alexander called "good use."
The Technique works essentially
to take away that which interferes with this
The beginnings of keyboard work . . .
To help the young pianist (re)discover the natural
sense of a seated balance which supports the arms
while playing, he or she needs to be elevated
(eg., books, cushions, or the ball). Further, foot
stools should be used so that smaller students
can receive more sensory input from their feet.
Without these connections--both through the
sitting bones and the feet, students are frequently
not properly grounded, either in themselves
or in their playing.
Achieve good posture by taking away
the bad . . .
Music teachers often concern themselves