Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Alexander Technique videos for flute players

Dear Flutists,

I found the following videos of Alexander Technique teacher Eileen Troberman to be very effective images for instant understanding of the release of tension in neck, arms and torso (for deep breathing).
I've taken Alexander Tech. before, and these descriptions and videos seem to me to be some of the best possible explanations, and easily put to use at once.

See VIDEO ONE: Effortless deep breathing

See VIDEO TWO: Using The Arms With Ease and Effectiveness

And the one of the best I've ever seen for comprehending the release of tension in the neck (turtle neck), very effective for flutists especially:

VIDEO THREE: Head Neck Back Pattern

Also super-interesting to watch:

Moving Naturally - A Portrait of Marjorie Barstow  (video)

Enjoy your freedom!

Update 2016: Videos have all moved to this link; see more.

Comments (5)
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Jen just what I needed.

Thursday, October 09, 2008 4:31:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree those 2 videos are wonderful. For anyone who wants to learn more about the Alexander Technique, they have a very nice website at

Thursday, October 09, 2008 9:54:00 AM

Blogger Sheila said...

Ooooh, so good! Thanks for posting!


Thursday, October 09, 2008 10:07:00 AM

Anonymous Nadia Banna said...

Just saw this post...I love these videos by Eileen, she really articulates the essentials of the Alexander Technique. She explains very clearly in this video how the head-neck-back relationship affects the whole self. People often think, for example, that if only their shoulders would relax, everything would improve. This video demonstrates quite eloquently how one's entirety-mind and body-are interconnected and how important good functioning of the whole is. Thank you, Jen, for sharing this!

I've written an article about how the Alexander Technique can be applied to flute playing. Feel free to take a look here and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 4:00:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Thanks so much Nadia! Great! Jen

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 5:48:00 PM


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