You are your primary Instrument… Whether that’s a Strad or a factory violin is up to how you use what you have! All of our technique, whatever we play or sing, boils down on movement: we move ourselves to create music. The less effort and tension we use, the better, and more efficiently, we can bring across to … More Feldenkrais Method for Musicians – Why do it?
I read a great quote last week that I wanted to share with you: “You grow up, mature, stop looking for people to give you validation. It’s got to come from within” Appropriately for the last weeks of football fever, these are the thoughts of Raheem Sterling, one of the England football team, one of … More Our unavowed dreams
So often people come to me with sore shoulders, or tension in their shoulders. And they’re looking at where the problem is in order to find a solution. Which in my experience is usually the wrong place! Our shoulders are amazing, both flexible and and strong. And their flexibility comes from that they are only … More Shoulder support…
I’ve always been interested in sound. Perhaps because I was born deaf, and learnt to understand sound later than most. Whilst I couldn’t hear I had a massive amplifier with headphones, (it was the end of the 70s) that I would apparently drag and heave to the dinner table so I could hear the conversation. … More Creating the sound in your head, out loud:
Now that Spring is here, why not shake out the blankets of your habit cupboard! We all have habits, they allow us to make short-cuts- to put your clothes on without thinking, or whilst thinking about something, to doing two things at once, drive whilst talking for example. Some of you know I lived in Holland for a while in … More Spring Cleaning your Habits:
Your Life is what you pay attention to. Where your interests or priorities are, conscious or not, are often the areas of your life that you give time. And what you’re interested in, you often make time to improve. But how do we learn to improve the areas of our life that we’re less aware … More The Power of Attention:
The beginning of the year coincides with the beginning of my personal year, and I try and make time to think about what went well, projects that didn’t work out as planned, what I’d like achieve in the different areas of life this year. A recommendation by a friend recently led me to the website … More Finding Balance
“A sensory stimulation is not an experience without awareness. There is no meaning to it before there is an internal query as to what one feels”. Moshe Feldenkrais As human beings we learn through play. It’s how as children, we learn to communicate with others, build relationship skills, conceptualise abstract thoughts; it encourages us to … More Feldenkrais and Practice Part 4: Creativity and Play.
Whilst my concert dress has stayed sadly in its wardrobe other than a brief outing in April, I did have one trip of fascination. Just before this second Lockdown I was invited to Sandhurst to teach some Feldenkrais to the British Army, to their Brass Band.Having been someone who wouldn’t have made it through the … More Feldenkrais and Practise Part 3: Micromovements
I took part in a plenary session today of Specialist Music and Feldenkrais teachers today, after our successful week’s event- Daily Feldenkrais for Musicians. One of the questions that came up was an interesting one. How do we as musicians incorporate or involve Feldenkrais in our instrumental (or singing) practise? Even if you’re not a … More Feldenkrais and Practice Part 1: Start Small