Tenor Saxophone – Tension and Disbelieving What Is True (Musicians)(Psychology)(Pain)(Strain)(Injuries)(Posture)(Alexander Technique)(Albuquerque)

by ethankind on March 10, 2013

This ebook, An Alexander Technique Approach to Tenor Saxophone 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 saxophone technique you want without sacrificing your body.
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I’ve been in the middle of writing a loving affirmation a 100 times a day. I want to stop resisting what is a loving truth about myself, even though my feelings are telling me it is not true. As I’ve been writing, I realized I’m having one heck of a time writing the affirmation over and over using everything I know about posture, tension, and staying with how I’m writing what I’m writing, rather than just trying to get all 100 repetitions done.

It finally dawned on me why I couldn’t write the affirmation over and over with the ease of the trained Alexander Technique teacher, which I am.

IT IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO WRITE A TRUTH OVER AND OVER WITHOUT PHYSICAL TENSION, IF YOUR MIND AND EMOTIONS ARE RESISTING THE TRUTH OF THE AFFIRMATION.

Then it occurred to me, this is what can happen to a tenor saxophone player revamping his or her saxophone technique using the principles of the Alexander Technique. If the tenor saxophone player is changing the parts of his or her saxophone technique and posture that interfere with playing with ease, it may not only be resistance to changing tenor saxophone technique and posture creating tension, it may be resistance to what hasn’t been stated about the process, the goal of the changes.

Here is the unstated goal of the dedicated tenor saxophone player: IF I MAKE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE POSTURAL AND TECHNIQUE CHANGES TO MY TENOR SAXOPHONE TECHNIQUE, THE SAXOPHONE WILL BECOME EASY, AND I’LL BE ABLE TO PLAY ALL OF THE TENOR SAXOPHONE’S GREAT LITERATURE WITH EASE.

Let me restate this in a very short concise affirmation: IT IS EASY FOR ME TO BE A GREAT TENOR SAXOPHONE PLAYER! What is your emotional reaction to saying this? I’m guessing it is that Ethan Kind is an idiot! He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. IT JUST AIN’T SO, AND IT NEVER WILL BE SO.

Here is what is happening: If you’re making changes to your tenor saxophone technique, wanting to be a great player but not believing it is possible, then the combination of changing how you’ve always played the saxophone, in conjunction with believing the tenor saxophone will always be a difficult instrument to play, means you’re pulling in conflicting directions.

What’s the solution to letting go of the lie that: IT IS TOO HARD FOR ME TO BE A GREAT TENOR SAXOPHONE PLAYER?

Make a list of all of the people, mother, father, tenor saxophone teacher, etc., that taught you that the saxophone was too difficult, and that you didn’t have the talent to be a great tenor saxophone player. Write a scathing letter to each of them.

Read the letter or letters out loud only to yourself and then burn it or them. Then write the following affirmation 100 times a day: IT IS EASY FOR ME TO BE A GREAT TENOR SAXOPHONE PLAYER. Write a truthful response at the end of the first 30 each day, and then finish writing out the 70 left without a response.

Example of the affirmation with a response: It is easy for me to be a great tenor saxophone player. Are you an idiot?

Do this for 7 days, and at the end of 7 days sit down and write out the affirmation and how you now feel about it. If you are still resisting the truth of it, then take a couple of days off and begin the process again. Write the letter or letters again to those who taught you the lies you came to believe about your talent and the tenor saxophone. Then do the 100 affirmations and responses to the first 30 each day for 7 more days.

YOU ARE GOING TO RUN INTO RESISTANCE, BUT BE WILLING TO FIGHT AS COMPULSIVELY AND LOVINGLY FOR THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU AND THE TENOR SAXOPHONE, AS YOU DID FOR THE LIES THAT TORTURED YOU FOR YEARS AND YEARS. AS AN INCREDIBLE ACT OF SELF LOVE COMPLETE THE JOURNEY TO THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR TALENT ON THE SAXOPHONE.

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