Alexander Technique at the piano: Alexander Technique is used by pianists to address back pain, wrist pain, carpal tunnel, tendonitis and other repetitive strain injuries. It stimulates the whole body to support piano technique and provides a framework for greater musical expression. Jeremy Woolhouse has specialised in tailoring Alexander Technique for pianists.
Alexander Technique for pianists
Alexander Technique offers a unique way to resolve piano related pain. It also provides a framework for greater musical expression.
Alexander Technique stimulates coordination of the pianist to support the specifics of piano technique.
When the demands of finger, hand, wrist and arm movements are met with a skilful use of supporting structures, many causes of back pain, wrist pain, carpal tunnel, tendonitis and other repetitive strain injuries are addressed.
Back pain and overuse injuries interfere with ease and longevity - of a practice session, or a pianist's career. Alexander Technique is designed to make piano playing sustainable and easeful. Once learnt, it can be used by pianists independently and indefinitely.
By integrating coordination and musicality, Alexander Technique expands the scope of piano technique to achieve greater artistic expression. It enhances refinement of exisiting pianistic skills and makes attaining new skill more efficient.
Pianists using Alexander Technique have consistently enjoyed improvements in tone, speed, accuracy and rhythm.
Alexander Technique integrates physical and cognitive processes into the context of music making. This skilful use of body and mind effectively addresses performance anxiety and makes playing more rewarding for performers and audiences.
Poise Alexander Technique Principal Jeremy Woolhouse is a professional pianist trained at VCA. His technical approach is influenced by Taumban Technique.
Whilst Alexander Technique provides the foundation for the pianist to apply any pianistic technique, the piano specific form of Taubman Technique has notable consistency with the principles of Alexander Technique.
Taubman Technique promotes healthy use of fingers hands and arms for playing piano, whilst Alexander Technique engages the coordination and support of the whole body.
Alexander Technique provides a constructive thinking framework for using specific piano technique to achieve the most healthy and satisfying musical performance.