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A musician's life is filled with many stressful situations: passing auditions, rehearsing and performing with difficult partners, sitting for long hours in uncomfortable chairs, going on stage to face audiences large and small, who may or may not be receptive to the performance they are presented. And yet many musicians are able to surmount these looming obstacles with grace and balance, to find satisfaction and artistry in their music and build productive and lasting careers. Indirect Procedures will guide you around these obstacles and along that path to becoming a balanced and successful musician. Based on the work of Frederick Matthias Alexander, this book is a thorough and practical approach to the issues of musicians' health and wellbeing. Author Pedro de Alcantara introduces concepts and exercises for musicians to let go of excessive tensions, stay focused, and direct their energies as they handle the challenges of practicing, rehearsing, and performing. Complemented by an extensive, easy-to-use companion website, and working alongside Integrated Practice, this new edition of Indirect Procedures is an invaluable and essential resource for today's musicians to learn to sing, play, and conduct with less effort and stronger results.

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Pedro de Alcantara is a musician, writer, and teacher. His books include Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound, The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life, and the children's novels Befiddled and Backtracked. He lives in Paris and New York, and he travels the world giving seminars and master classes.

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Né au Brésil en 1958, Pedro de Alcantara part, en 1977, faire ses études universitaires aux Etats-Unis (à New York et à New Haven), où il obtient sa maîtrise en musique à l'Université de Yale, grâce à une bourse de recherche du gouvernement brésilien. Il habite ensuite Londres pendant sept ans, où il poursuit sa formation musicale. Devenu violoncelliste professionnel, il donne alors plusieurs récitals en tant que soliste et chambriste au Brésil, aux Etats-Unis, en Angleterre et en France. Professeur de violoncelle au Festival d'été de Vittel (1988) et au festival Bain de musique à Flaine (1989, 1990 et 1991), il a également donné des cours et des ateliers en Suisse, Hollande et Allemagne.
Professeur certifié de la technique F. Matthias Alexander depuis 1986, il a travaillé pendant trois ans à l'Alexander Institute de Londres (dont le directeur était le docteur Wilfred Barlow, rhumatologue et professeur de technique Alexander). Il a ensuite dirigé des stages dans plusieurs académies et conservatoires en France. Dans sa pratique de technique Alexander, il rencontre des enfants, hommes et femmes de tous âges, des musiciens, des comédiens, des enseignants, des diplomates, des secrétaires et des cadres ...
Il est membre fondateur et premier président (1993-1996) de l'Association française des professeurs de la technique F. M. Alexander (A.P.T.A.).
Son premier livre: Guide to the Alexander Technique a été publié en 1997 par la Oxford University Press. Il écrit également dans des revues littéraires en France et aux Etats-Unis.
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Accessible and Engaging Guide to the Alexander Technique 17 avril 2014
Par Jonathan D. Breaux - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I would highly recommend this book to any person considering a study of the Alexander Technique or to those currently taking lessons. The book was recommend to me by my Alexander teacher, and has several strengths that help it to stand out among other literature on the Technique that I have read.

Alcantara provides clear explanations of Alexander's core ideas in an engaging, thoughtful, and often humorous style. The book contains a number of pictures, activities, links to web videos, and a rather extensive and wide-ranging bibliography that speaks to both the breadth and depth of the Technique. I find myself returning to different sections of the book again and again to continue to explore the ideas presented. It is a truly contemporary, multi-media presentation of Alexander's ideas and I believe that helps to make it a wonderful resource for both the curious musician and non-musician.

I agree with other reviewers here, that Alcantara's writing style is warm, personal, and non-judgmental in a way that very much channels the spirit of an Alexander lesson. The book also provides a number of excellent contrasts between Alexander's big-picture "principles" with specific real life scenarios and activities. I found this strategy very helpful in bringing some of the more abstract ideas presented into a context that is concrete and easy to relate to.

I would also point out that this is not a manual of ready-made "answers" to some of Alexander's more complex propositions. Alcantara is keen to point out when the reader should take time to think, experiment, and draw their own conclusions.

A few other points:

The book does not really address human anatomy in detail (often referred to as body mapping in Alexander literature and teaching) which some readers/students may find useful in their study. It is mentioned in the text though as a potential path to explore.

At 200+ pages, this book covers quite a lot of subject matter. It could easily be used as a college-level text, which is not a shortcoming, but is worth noting.

Overall, I have found this to be the most interesting and well-written book on the Alexander Technique that I have encountered. Very highly recommended.
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Alexander Technique and Music combined 11 août 2013
Par Bronwyn E Wyatt - Publié sur
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If you like the idea of healing yourself by working on changing your habits gradually over time, rather than being dependent on pills, cortisone shots, massage therapists (I say dependent, not taking advantage of a good massage every once in a while:-) I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.

If you have any kind of pain from everyday living, not just from playing music (because if you have pain from playing music, you most likely have other kinds of pain as well) I highly recommend 1) reading this book and 2) finding an Alexander Technique teacher near you. The technique has helped me with years of performance anxiety, tension and tendonitis, and back and neck pain that I had no idea I was causing myself.

I checked out the first edition of Indirect Procedures from the library and started reading it a few weeks ago, and then found out there was a kindle edition (which is the second edition). The ideas presented in this second edition are the same as the ones in the first edition, but are stated with a more hands on approach. However, I had become so engrossed in the very detailed and dense first edition that I resolved to finish it AND the second edition. If you can read both, I do recommend it.
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Insightful, clear and entertaining book for any musician (or non-musician). 14 octobre 2013
Par Louis888 - Publié sur
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This 2nd edition of "Indirect Procedures" by Pedro de Alcantara is fantastic. Any musician seeking ways to clarify their musical intention and connect more deeply to music and instrument should read this book and experiment with the ideas presented. The format of the book is extremely well-organized and the writing friendly and clear. Pedro's descriptions of the principals of the Alexander Technique are clear and well formulated. He has bridged the "gap" between the Technique and performance and shown how to use the principals in music making. A fantastic book that one can read cover to cover, or just open up to any page and an interesting thought to mull over. Highly recommended!
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practical and Thorough 28 août 2013
Par argie - Publié sur
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I love this book. If you're a musician looking for a way to survive the stresses and strains of practicing, rehearsing and performing, then I strongly suggest that you read and use this book. If you're not a musician, but simply someone who's interested in finding out about how the Alexander Technique can help you to improve your health and develop your creativity, then this is an excellent guide which can potentially change your life.
I have the original edition of "Indirect Procedures", which was published in 1997. A first glance at the contents page of this new edition might lead you to think this is simply old wine in a new bottle (a beautiful cover, by the way).Definitely not the case! This is basically a whole new book. The author has extensively rewritten a lot of the original material to include new concepts and exercises. The tone of the book is much more assured and tinged with the author's delightful sense of humor.
If you look at pictures of F.M.Alexander, the founder of the Alexander Technique, you'll see the twinkle in his eye. This book brilliantly manages to capture that elusive twinkle. Highly recommended.
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This new edition is much more user-friendly than the first ... 1 novembre 2014
Par jane heirich - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This new edition is much more user-friendly than the first edition. Worth having even if/especially if you have the earlier edition.
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