Conducting (Conductors) – Artificial Limitations on Your Talent Is Not Humility (Musicians)(Psychology)(Pain)(Strain)(Injuries)(Posture)(Alexander Technique)(Albuquerque)

by ethankind on May 11, 2012

This ebook, An Alexander Technique Approach to Conducting (Conductors’) Technique, is published on this website in a PDF format. It is very detailed and practical, and it will give you the physical tools you need to take the limits off of your ability to create the accurate conducting technique you want without sacrificing your body.
This ebook is also for sale on all AMAZON websites in a KINDLE format.
Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A. (MOVEMENT THERAPY)

When you conduct for yourself and/or others as a gift, this is humility. When you tell yourself what you can’t conduct, you are setting up artificial limitations on your potential, and this isn’t loving or being humble.

By the time a conductor has decided what he or she can or can’t do with their conducting, it is a cumulative decision made over the years. It’s reinforced by years of struggle conducting – not being able to do what you want or doing what you want with a huge effort.

These artificial limits on your talent can also be reinforced by conducting teachers who can only see what you do, and may not see what you are capable of.

I’M GOING TO GIVE YOU ALL OF YOUR POWER BACK BY TELLING YOU THAT YOU CREATED THIS. What do I mean? Unconsciously you told yourself what you couldn’t conduct, and unconsciously you told your conducting teachers what you couldn’t do. This is your own power turned against yourself, but it is perceived by you as you being a victim of limited talent or being humble.

What if you flipped it over? What if you made a list of what you can’t do when you conduct, and you went about eliminating all of your weaknesses, by focusing on what you can’t do, one problem at a time. This is a loving way of letting go of your beliefs that have limited your potential in conducting.

This is a fancy way of saying stay with the means over the ends. What do I mean? Instead of placing your awareness on what is or is not coming out of your conducting, you begin placing all of your attention on letting go of what is in your way technically in your conducting.

This is what the Alexander Technique teacher does. But I have carried this a step further in all of my ebooks. I look at the basic overall postural components in playing an instrument, and then I carry this into troubleshooting. This means I help the client look at very specific things they’re doing in their technique that are not working, and make the changes that get the artificial limits of a flawed technique out of the way.

Ex: When you use excessive tension in your neck and arms to conduct, then you are doing something that creates unnecessary strain. You should only do the minimum necessary to support your head and arms with high energy. When you conduct always doing the minimum muscular work to create a great interpretation and performance, then you will realize you may be letting go of a half or more of the work you’ve been doing to conduct.

Make a list of all of your limitations to your conducting technique, and if you truly look at the technique you acquired accidentally or were taught that hasn’t worked, you will find that there is a physical solution to your artificial limitations.

Then you can be truly humble by giving the gift of a loving performance with a loving conducting technique that lets you do everything you want in a beautiful composition.

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