An Alexander Technique Approach to Viola da Gamba (Viol) Technique
This ebook uses the Alexander Technique principles of good posture and great technique to assist the viol player. It is the intention of this ebook to help the viol player find a personal technique and posture on the instrument that allows you to find the most mechanically advantageous way to play the viol. This ebook is filled with concepts that will help you explore what you’ve been doing technically and posturally on the viol, and to assist you in finding a way to play your instrument, so that the viol is easier to play and kinder to the body. The topics are: What the Alexander Technique Offers Viol Players; Posture; Head, Neck, and Viola da Gamba; Left Arm; Right Arm; Torso, Shoulders, and Breathing; Direction (how to be fully upright); Inhibition and Playing (letting go of bad habits); Accuracy; Slow and Fast Playing, Fragments and Focal Dystonia; Whole Body Guided Release before Practicing or Performing; When You’re not Doing Something, Don’t Continue to Do It; The Reasons Why Performer Resist Releasing Poor Physical Habits; As a Gift; and COLLECTED ESSAYS.
Ethan Kind is a former concert guitarist who used the Alexander Technique to heal carpal tunnel pain in his left wrist and never had physical problems on the guitar again. He has also been an athlete all of his life. Please contact Mr. Kind if you have any questions about this ebook, suggestions that would make this ebook clearer and more expansive, or suggestions for other ebooks that you would like to see him write about. Mr. Kind can be reached at www.ethankind.com and .
This book is 202 pages