Flute – Injuries, Tension, Pain, Strain, and Great Technique (Musicians)(Albuquerque)(Psychology)(Posture)(Alexander Technique)

by ethankind on February 2, 2012

This ebook, An Alexander Technique Approach to Flute 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 flute 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)

This ebook is written to give specific and practical suggestions to help the technique that the flutist has chosen, to work without causing any wear or tear or pain or injury to the flute player’s body.

If your technique is causing you to hurt, then you are doing something wrong, and this doesn’t have to happen. Too many flutists assume that at some point they will get into physical trouble, and that this is unavoidable. This is not true! In many cases a flute player who has gotten into physical trouble doesn’t know why. The flutist may be playing with too much tension and trying too hard to play with precision. In this ebook I explain how to do less work to create a more effortless technique and posture, and to play with greater accuracy with trust.

I also go into great deal to show you how to analyze what you are doing technically and posturally, to see if there are fine tuning adjustments you can make to your playing that makes the flute completely user friendly.

Posturally, so many flute players lean to the right when they play, and they immobilize their shoulders and hunker down. This does not have to be! In this ebook I explain how you can be fully upright when you play, and how to be fully upright using less muscle, than when you are hunkered down and leaning to the right. Even though the flute is played in a very asymmetrical posture, you do not have to lose your center and strain against falling over.

This ebook also addresses how to keep a free neck, even when playing loudly. It also explains how you can have the flute securely against the lower lip without locking the neck. I have asked flute players to free their necks and then play, and they couldn’t. It is amazing how powerful the habit of immobilizing the neck can be in playing the flute, and it isn’t necessary to performing.

I also bring to this ebook my three year training as an Alexander Technique teacher. An Alexander Technique teacher taught me how to play the classical guitar without any discomfort and healed the carpal tunnel pain in my left wrist. I bring my experience of hurting and healing on the guitar, and my training in the Alexander Technique to this ebook, to make you aware that the flute player can play for hours without sacrificing the body in any way.

Also, in this this ebook, An Alexander Technique Approach to Flute Technique, I look at playing the flute standing and sitting, and how to do this with ease and fully support the arms on the torso with comfort. Finally, since the flute player is always in motion when he or she is making a sound, it is the goal of this ebook to help you find a powerful support of your breath, but not to immobilize the torso and diaphragm when you play. The flute player’s torso is always in movement when performing, and it is the goal of this ebook to make this as effortless as possible.

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Rene Eryn March 3, 2017 at 6:37 pm


This is a very good read, and Ive started playing flute professionally again after about 10yrs. Many hours and I think I am playing with more tension than I need to, but not sure how to change what Im doing.

I would love to get the ebook

Please send me an email how to get it

Thank you



ethankind March 4, 2017 at 9:48 pm

Click on the PDF eBook link, http://www.ethankind.com/ebooks.html, and then click on the yellow pill shaped box at the bottom that says Add to Cart. This will take you to the link to Paypal. Pay for the ebook. Let me know which ebook you want, and I’ll send it to you.
Or you can buy the ebook on Amazon.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Ethan Kind


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