My First Alexander Lessons: a Six-Part Series
Last week I wrote a series of posts describing my experience studying the Alexander Technique for the first time with Carol McCullough some fifteen years ago. The posts are listed in reverse order on my blog roll. So for clarity and convenience, I’m listing them here in the order in which they were written.
Part 1: A Problem with Pain, in which fear of injury and the advice from a trusted teacher sends me to my first Alexander lesson.
Part 2: Off the Map, in which I discover that I have no idea where I am in a pretty fundamental way.
Part 3: Everything I Need to Know about the Alexander Technique, I Learned from my Cat, in which Carol shows me chair and table work and my cat teaches me about habit.
Part 4: When Violins Attack, in which my illusions about my heroic poise at the violin are exposed and I discover the tension I’ve conditioned into my playing.
Part 5: Of Chin Rests & Chickens, in which I get a much higher chin rest and start to make progress in my Alexander lessons.
Part 6: Remembering Carol, in which I discover the secret to a big sound on the violin, decide to train as an Alexander teacher, and honor Carol’s memory.