Prevent injuries, tension, and discomfort caused by playing music! Learn about the relationship between your body and your instrument!
- Understand and experience how the body moves by following its natural design.
- Identify your own patterns of movement and learn how to transform them for playing free of tension.
- Discover the benefits of being aware of your body!
We will explore:
- The importance of body awareness in learning music and what body maps are
- Sitting and standing while playing
- How the legs move
- Common injuries in the arms
- We will apply Body Mapping to your instrument (Bring you instrument! Piano is available)
Continue reading Musicians of all instruments, levels, and genres are welcome!
Barbara and William Conable, who are Alexander Technique teachers and developers of Body Mapping, are the authors of How to Learn the Alexander Technique: A manual for students. They explain common misperceptions in the body that musicians have that cause them tension. The part for percussionists says: Continue reading Are percussionists the freest instrumentalists?
On October 15th Jennifer Johnson and I presented in the music educators conference Resonate 2016-NLTA.
Our presentation focused on recognizing some of the cultural myths and postures that produce pain and tension in the body. We talked about how these patterns interfere with the natural design of our bodies and explained accurate information about the body. We also shared some of the tools that we can use to help our students to develop a balanced body while learning to play an instrument.
Some of the topics discussed were neck, shoulder, and lower back pain; as well as tendonitis in the arm and carpal tunnel syndrome. Continue reading An hour of learning!
This is a quick explanation about the wrist and an example of how to transform a mis-mapping.
Watch the video and play music without tension in your body!
In my last notes I explained what body maps are and also that Body Mapping is about identifying and correcting mis-mapping that can cause pain and tension, and compromise our health while playing music. I mentioned a common mis-maping in the perception of our wrists.
Some mis-mappings are acquired by observing how the people in our lives move, our parents, friends, or teachers. When learning music we follow the instructions of the teachers and things like: “your wrist moves like a hinge” are the type of information that is not accurate and contributes to our mis-mappings.
Now the next step for you is to try to relate this information to your performance. Observe yourself practicing and notice how this can affect and improve your playing.
Let me know your discoveries and/or questions!