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Indirect Procedures: A Musician's Guide to the Alexander Technique (The Integrated Musician) Paperback – July 16, 2013
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About the Author
Pedro de Alcantara is a musician, writer, and teacher. His books include Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound, The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life, and the children's novels Befiddled and Backtracked. He lives in Paris and New York, and he travels the world giving seminars and master classes.
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What I can say about the book is that it has been a great help and reference guide for not only my cello technique and playing, but also in my daily life and how I make use of my bodily systems. The advice which helped me most was the "commands." All this time I had been trying get rid of tension, but it never really worked. When it went away, I wondered why. Simply saying "head forward and up" or "elongate shoulders" to myself improves my use of my body and my posture. I would love to see how this guides me throughout my life!
I highly recommend this to any performing artist.
Thank you for revealing this book to your customers!
If you have any kind of pain from everyday living, not just from playing music (because if you have pain from playing music, you most likely have other kinds of pain as well) I highly recommend 1) reading this book and 2) finding an Alexander Technique teacher near you. The technique has helped me with years of performance anxiety, tension and tendonitis, and back and neck pain that I had no idea I was causing myself.
I checked out the first edition of Indirect Procedures from the library and started reading it a few weeks ago, and then found out there was a kindle edition (which is the second edition). The ideas presented in this second edition are the same as the ones in the first edition, but are stated with a more hands on approach. However, I had become so engrossed in the very detailed and dense first edition that I resolved to finish it AND the second edition. If you can read both, I do recommend it.