An Alexander Technique Approach to Jazz and Rock Guitar Technique


This ebook uses the Alexander Technique principles of good posture and great technique to assist the guitarist. This ebook does two things. It borrows from all of the different guitar styles and describes how to create the most effortless technique on the jazz and rock guitars. It also goes into detail on how to use the shoulder strap and the pick with ease and comfort. It is the intention of this ebook to help the jazz and rock guitarist find a personal technique and posture on the instrument that allows you to find the most mechanically advantageous way to play the guitar. This ebook is filled with concepts that will help you explore what you’ve been doing technically, psychologically, and posturally on the guitar, and to assist you in finding a way to play your instrument, so that the guitar is easier to play and kinder to the body.
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About Ethan Kind

“When you change old habitual movement patterns with the Alexander Technique, whether in playing a musical instrument, running, weightlifting, walking, or typing at a computer, you create an ease of body use that moves you consistently into the zone.” – Ethan Kind

Ethan Kind writes and is published extensively on all of the above activities. He teaches musicians, athletes, and computer operators how to stop hurting themselves, by showing them how to use their bodies with ease and coordination. He brings a unique perspective to his work, having been a musician and athlete all of his life.

Ethan brings a rich and varied background to his role of inspiring musicians. After receiving both B.M. and M.M. Degrees from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Ethan worked as a performer and an instructor in classical guitar. While a guitar student at the Royal College of Music in London, he developed sever carpal tunnel and sought out an Alexander Technique teacher to alleviate the pain. At that time he found very quickly how he had been sacrificing his body to do what he loved–striving for the perfect performance.

After training for three years at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (New York, NY), Ethan received Professional Certification credentials. Since that time he has shared his knowledge on “making music a gift” as a private instructor and also as a faculty member of such institutions as Guilford College, the North Carolina School of the Arts, Salem College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Wake Forest University. He has also instructed numerous participants in his popular workshops.

Ethan has published articles in this country and abroad on the Alexander Technique and wellness issues in many journals, including Music Teacher, American Music Teacher, American String Teacher, New Mexico Light, Massage Therapy Journal, and Yoga and Life. Visit his website at