The Embodied Guitarist

The Embodied Guitarist with the Alexander Technique
Adrian Farrell MSTAT

 

Traditionally we guitarists (and bass players) spend most of our attention on the guitar itself, despite it being an inanimate object. Not enough attention is placed on the active aspect, the musician, yourself. Ultimately it's not the guitar you are learning but yourself in relation to the guitar. You are the instrument! 

 

This is the classical musicians secret, learning how mind and body work in unison to enhance performance and prevent/overcome injury. 

 

All the major classical music colleges have Alexander Technique (AT) teachers available on campus, and it's equally relevant for contemporary guitar players. In fact, Robert Fripp (King Crimson, David Bowie  Peter Gabriel) includes it as an integral part of his guitar workshops and Sting even used to take his Alexander teacher out on tour with him.

 

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Benefits of the Alexander Technique for Guitarists

  • Overcome and prevent playing related pain and injury
  • Reduced undue tension
  • Improved coordination 
  • Improved endurance 
  • Improved timing
  • Reduced stagefright
  • Easier breathing
  • Be more present

If you're unfamiliar with AT,  in the simplest terms, it's a form of embodied mindfulness, but it's implications run deep and wide. For example, An NHS funded gold standard randomised trial performed at Southampton university has shown it to be clinically effective for back pain. And a randomised control trial run by the Department of Health Services at the University of York, and funded by Arthritis Research UK, showed that there was a statistically significant and clinically relevant reduction in pain even after a year of initial lessons.

 

If you have heard of AT before, it's so much more than simply being about posture. The originator of the Technique F.M.Alexander said of his own work that it was about "dealing with the stimulus of living!"

 

The guitar pedagogue Jamie Andreas wisely wrote "what you are as a person is what you are as a guitarist", and that's really where I come in. I want to make the important distinction that whilst I'm primarily an AT teacher,  I'll also be your guitar coach rather than a guitar teacher, and what I show you will apply to many aspects of your life. I work to compliment any guitar lessons you may be having.

 

Why not find out more with a half price consultation? Get in touch on 07808612510 or adrian@alexander-technique.london

 

A Guitarists Tale

Bradley is a professional musician who was suffering from career threatening RSI.


The Alexander Technique for guitarists
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