THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE

Jane Gregory

01992 577 086     janegregory7@hotmail.com

A GUITARIST'S STORY

 

 

(from the Queen tribute band, The Bohemians)

 

 

As a guitarist, I thought I was pretty invincible - then suddenly, my shoulder started to really hurt and it started to affect everything - including my playing. This was a disaster as I was about to start a UK tour.

 

Alexander Technique made me really aware of where I was going wrong. For instance, when Jane made me play guitar standing with my back against a wall, I really noticed that it felt wrong to be straight! Away from the wall, I was twisting and bending over the instrument, causing my arms to work too hard and putting my wrists in the wrong position.

 

I generally just started thinking more about how much pressure I was using to play, and also the positioning of my hands, arms and shoulders. Lying on a table during lessons also allowed me to really let go of tension and learn to ‘talk to’ my own muscles to get what I wanted. I do the lying down (semi-supine) regularly to make sure I’m not letting the old habits creep back in to my playing.

 

Jane showed me how I was ‘involving’ my neck muscles when playing, explaining that most musicians do exactly the same thing (a note to all you other guitarists out there!). I would recommend any musician to stop playing through the pain and give The Alexander Technique a try. It’s much easier to enjoy playing when you aren’t in pain.

 

 

 

 

THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE

Jane Gregory

01992 577 086     janegregory7@hotmail.com

A GUITARIST'S STORY

 

 

(from the Queen tribute band,

The Bohemians)

 

 

As a guitarist, I thought I was pretty invincible - then suddenly, my shoulder started to really hurt and it started to affect everything - including my playing. This was a disaster as I was about to start a UK tour.

 

Alexander Technique made me really aware of where I was going wrong. For instance, when Jane made me play guitar standing with my back against a wall, I really noticed that it felt wrong to be straight! Away from the wall, I was twisting and bending over the instrument, causing my arms to work too hard and putting my wrists in the wrong position.

 

I generally just started thinking more about how much pressure I was using to play, and also the positioning of my hands, arms and shoulders. Lying on a table during lessons also allowed me to really let go of tension and learn to ‘talk to’ my own muscles to get what I wanted. I do the lying down (semi-supine) regularly to make sure I’m not letting the old habits creep back in to my playing.

 

Jane showed me how I was ‘involving’ my neck muscles when playing, explaining that most musicians do exactly the same thing (a note to all you other guitarists out there!). I would recommend any musician to stop playing through the pain and give The Alexander Technique a try. It’s much easier to enjoy playing when you aren’t in pain.