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’s small death to our creativity and to our energy levels, too. If … More On Practising
Why is it that, apart from my father, the people who ask the most difficult, almost oceanic questions are folk who, in common parlance are completely pissed? After a long day teaching at Trinity today, I finally make it to Waterloo, reflecting on the last time I stood there after such a day…. sometime before … More Time-turning
Well, I’m going to give it a try! As they might say, nothing ventured, nothing failed….. There’s much interest these days in transferring everything we do in 3D, real, present-space, be it confessional, educational or even purely physical, to the world wide web; I suppose it’s a kind of digital, evolutionary, sidestep…. A move from understandable, … More Online and Off-line Alexander teaching?
An aspect of reflooring a house, which is our current undertaking, and one, unsurprisingly, that I simply hadn’t considered is the possible entry that it might make into the annals of palaeontology. Think ‘screed’, and ‘cats’, and you’ll get the drift. . . . Screeding, for the uninitiated, forms an important part of the dark … More Paw prints in the Screed – 21st century fossil
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 / 2017 (updated) 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