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Indirect Procedures: A Musician's Guide to the Alexander Technique
by Pedro De Alcantara (Goodreads Author)
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' ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 24th 1997 by Oxford University Press, USA
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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.
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.
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 ...more
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.
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.
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.
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 r ...moreMore about Pedro De Alcantara...