the alexander technique approach to classical guitar technique

the alexander technique approach to classical guitar technique

The alexander technique approach to classical guitar technique
The article contains:

  • Alexander Technique Approach to Classical Guitar Technique
  • Goal of the Alexander Tech
  • History of the Alexander Technique
  • Orders and Inhibition in the Alexander Technique
  • Two Necessary Conditions
  • The Teacher’s role
  • Guitar Technique: Right Hand
  • Fingertips
  • Guitar Technique: Left Hand
  • Left Hand: The fingers
  • Posture
  • Shoulders
  • Fingers lengthen

Ethan Kind: “Between 1971 and 1974 I attended the Royal College of Music in London, where I studied guitar with John Williams and Carlos Bonell. I also studied the Alexander Technique privately with Jean Gibson, who is well known for being Sally Swift’s teacher. Ms. Swift wrote Centered Riding, which is a beautiful book on Alexander Technique applied to dressage. In those three years I joined the technique of these extraordinary players with Alexander Technique to heal carpal tunnel syndrome in my left hand and have never had wrist problems since.”

This is very interesting and important subject to discuss on this forum because I personally think that Alexander Technique as it is represented to guitarists do not approach process of guitar playing with the same principles as exist in it is foundation:
“The Alexander process shines a light on inefficient habits of movement and patterns of accumulated tension, which interferes with our innate ability to move easily and according to how we are designed.”

The alexander technique approach to classical guitar technique
Exhausting all that for a while, I try to sit down in the chair, and then we observe all the habits I have regarding getting down into that chair. arching my back or rounding my back, lunging my head forward or back, etc, and we apply a similar process as I described regarding standing, now to the movement of bending my knees to lower myself in space towards the chair. And then to come up.
As I get older (and my kids get heavier) and I start to feel muscles I didn’t know I had before I’m starting to think I need to get this guitar thing worked out so I don’t end up with some serious issues down the line.

References:

http://www.classicalguitardelcamp.com/viewtopic.php?t=71174
http://www.jazzguitar.be/forum/guitar-technique/36275-anybody-into-alexander-technique.html
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/alexander-technique/