Blog of the Week: Two Things You Should Be Clear About Each Moment You Begin To Play

Originally published October 11, 2015 by Bill Plake One of the things I emphasize when I’m coaching a musician is the importance of regularly redirecting  thought whenever practicing or performing. It is this “redirecting” process that is an essential element … Continue reading

Blog of the Week: Seeing More and Letting Go: Widening My Experience through Alexander Technique

Originally published on July 30, 2015 by Mariel Berger at www.acatnyc.org/main/blog. [Many thanks to my Alexander Technique teacher, Witold Fitz-Simon, and my Alexander Technique Psychologist, Jane Dorlester] I used to believe that intense focus and concentration were the best way of being. … Continue reading

Blog of the Week: Sometimes Not Breathing Is Believing

Originally published on March 3, 2015 by Andrew McCann at www.alexanderand.com/blog. When I was training as an Alexander Technique teacher, Vivien Mackie—the well-known Alexander teacher and cellist—came to Urbana to visit the Murray’s training course. While in town, she gave a … Continue reading

Blog of the Week: You Don’t Have to Say, “Sit Up Straight!”

Originally posted by Andrew McCann on November 20, 2014 at www.alexanderand.com/blog. On Wednesdays, Kyra teaches the cello to an adorable five year-old, “E.” In her lesson yesterday, E was sitting slumped on her little green stool, hanging backward off her cello. Instead … Continue reading

Blog of the Week: Dynamic Pausing

Originally posted by Patrick Smith on January 9, 2014 at ajourneymanswayhome.blogspot.com While working with one of the new pieces tonight, I was playing in front of a mirror.  Noticing that I was slumping over the guitar, I paused and thought about … Continue reading

Blog of the Week: Some Helpful Words About Finding Your Creative Voice

Originally posted by Bill Plake on April 24, 2013 at billplakemusic.org. “Listen very deeply to the music that touches your heart the most, analyze it and learn all you can about it. Then forget everything and be yourself.” -Paul Livingstone … Continue reading