A Bad Hand? The Ambassador will see you now……. The hands, like our political leaders are seen by some (though not often by me) as our representatives. Sometimes they seem to have a life of their own, not really representing the wishes (surprise, surprise) of those they serve. Sometimes we identify strongly with them, at others, less … More A Bad Hand? The Ambassador will see you now…….
Here’s one I wrote as a guest blogger for the Huffington Post, for Stress Awareness day tomorrow! Stress – the virtuous verb, don’t give it a bad noun! I’ve recently had an interesting exchange (ok, near fall-out, with my friend Adrian Farrell about the meaning and use of the word ‘stress’. As usual, he’d written … More Stress – the virtuous verb, don’t give it a bad noun!
The Gaps between the Strokes…….Free Spirit, Free—Style Gaps can be glorious or gaping. Above all, they are mind’s constructs, for life is ongoing, but there is a point in many activities I think, that allow us to regroup, reconsider and create afresh a new response. Here’s another version of the ‘gaps between the notes’ to … More The Gaps between the Strokes…….Free Spirit, Free—Style
Some thoughts about practising Taking time It’s good to remember that ‘end-gaining’ – is always present – we all tend to end gain without realizing it! It’s the desire to gain our musical ends in a manner that distorts our co-ordinative expansion. It is a small death to our creativity and to our energy levels, … More Practice makes Permanent
Computers are part of everyday life and define a lot of our activities. Personally I think this is sad on one hand, absorbing on the other, but, on the third hand, using ourselves more intelligently as we interact with them can help us better understand ourselves, the pressures of modern life and also show us … More Some guidelines for using the computer in the light of Alexander Technique (don’t let the buggers get you down) 2004, computer users class
Here’s a thought for you all. Yesterday, one of my students arrived for a lesson in the shoes he had had on at his last lesson. I took an immediate fancy to them and told him so – desert boot-style suede shoes that I used to Iive in when I was about the same age … More Stepping into another’s shoes
Being Pentapodal – ‘Platforms for Expression’ – 1 of 3 practical blogs on preparation for musicians (or anyone else for that matter!) Recently I’ve been playing around with some ideas on the subject of ‘platforms for expression’. It’s a simple enough idea: we have, it seems, many freebies in life, provided for us by nature, … More Being Pentapodal – ‘Platforms for expression’ – 1 of 3 blogs on preparation for musicians