Alexander’s new toy. In most conventional Alexander Technique schools, you will encounter a concept known as “primary control”. This is a term that Alexander introduced into his teaching in the 1930’s and used extensively in his book The Use of The Self, published in 1932. The phrase also appears in a modified form in The… Continue reading What’s a “primary control” and why should I care?
The little drummer boy I recently had the dubious pleasure of watching an old video of myself at 15 years of age, playing drums. Having played professionally for more than 30 years, I have, of course, seen and heard myself play many times. But I hadn’t seen this ancient piece of footage since it was… Continue reading The solution to a cunningly concealed problem
It’s all movement I’m not sure how to break this to you, but you are moving. Right now, whatever you are doing, you are moving. Even if you think you are keeping perfectly still, you are moving. In fact, if you try to keep absolutely still, you achieve this apparently static condition by a combination… Continue reading It’s a movement!
One simple thing Alexander’s work is a small thing. It’s a very simple and limited thing. That’s probably not the message you expected to get from an Alexander teacher, and some of you may be wondering when the punchline is coming. If you google Alexander Technique you can read about life-changing experiences and miraculous improvement.… Continue reading How can one simple thing be life-changing?
It’s that story again In order to talk about the journey that we, as Alexander students, must take, I have to talk about the journey Alexander took. His first steps must be our first steps. The journey begins with a question. It’s actually quite a simple question. The problem is, if you don’t know how… Continue reading The question that begins the Alexander Technique