Saturday 6th February: 14.00-17.00 GMT
Over the years, many of my string playing friends and colleagues have talked about the difficulties that come up with playing the our instruments.
This is an introductory workshop to the Feldenkrais Method, for you to experience how this way of moving, thinking, sensing and feeling could help and improve what you do to play.
This workshop is suitable for professional musicians (violinists, violists, cellists, and double bass players), music students and amateur musicians who want to improve their ease of playing and performing. The sessions will be practical, you’ll have tools to take away, and we’ll have time for discussion and questions.
In this session we’ll look at:
- How your whole body supports your technique. You are your primary instrument.
- Freeing your shoulders
- Reduce aches and pains
- Supporting your shoulders from whole your skeleton. (The ease of what you do, and quality of your movement is based on how well you support your head, shoulders, arms and fingers from the rest of your skeleton. )
- Concentrating on skeletal movement is the key to easy movement.
- Developing your self-awareness and learning to reduce or prevent future discomfort/injury
- How work with your body not against it.
- How to lock into your organic learning abilities.
- learn new options for greater freedom of movement
What to expect:
This workshop will focus on the relationship of our shoulders to the rest of our body. In the movement parts of the sessions, you’ll be talked through a sequence of movesment, sort of like a physical jigsaw puzzle. We build up the picture a few pieces at a time, but its only at the end you’ll see the whole picture.
Each movement is repeated, and explored in different ways, to engage with your organic learning ability, curiosity, and ability to sense yourself. You’ll learn to use this awareness to release patterns of moving that are not serving you so well, and create new movement options to move towards, to improve your playing from the inside-out.
Many people report greater freedom of movement, easing of pain or chronic tension, greater clarity of intention, and depth of tone.
What you’ll go away with:
- Movement classes specifically thinking of string playing technique.
- Mini-StringMoves strategies to integrate into your practice.
- Q&A session
- Audio recording of the session to download to revisit the ideas again.
- Access to the video for 6 months after the workshop.
Payment & Registration:
String-Moves Workshop: Finding Fluidity
6th Feb 14.00-17.00
Feldenkrais for Musicians: 2021
String-Moves workshops: Dates for your diary:
Sun 28th Feb 10am-1pm
Sun 28th March 10am- 1pm
Sat Apr 3rd 2-5pm
Sun 25th April 10.00-13.00
Guitarists: Playing with freedom
Bowed Strings: Freedom in your Bowing Arm
Upper Strings: Improving the Left hand
Double Bassists: Finding Comfort in playing
I’m delighted that my MU workshops will continue until April 2021.
Friday Morning 10-11 am Introduction to Feldenkrais M.U. Sessions!
Running until through to April, I’ll be running an hour session each week (unless there’s a workshop).
Free for M.U. members, available as above.
I teach Feldenkrais workshops on varying themes. Do come back regularly to check out what’s coming up. If there’s something in particular you’re interested in, let me know and I will see if its possible to programme.
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I enjoy teaching ” Feldenkrais for Musicians “ workshops. If you would like me to come and do a workshop for your ensemble or choir please contact me.
I have been a guest lecturer at the Royal College of Music, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, for the Musicians Union, the RNCM, and the British Army Band at Sandhurst.
Workshops have included:
Comfort on Parade: Using Feldenkrais to find greater ease and comfort whilst playing/standing on parade
Psychology in Performance: using Feldenkrais to help overcome Stage Fright, and
Feldenkrais as Secret Ninja Practice: Using Feldenkrais to make everyday practise easier.
Bodywork for String Players: using Shoulders, arms and hands with less effort.
If you’re coming to a workshop, you will need to wear comfortable clothes you can move easily in, layers to keep warm, and bring a mat.