- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Andover Pr; Revised edition (June 1 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0962259543
- ISBN-13: 978-0962259548
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.3 x 28.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How to Learn the Alexander Technique: A Manual for Students Paperback – Jun 1 1995
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"Filled with powerful insights and original thinking, the Conable book is a superb, practical guide for Alexander Students" -- Michael Gelb
"Not only does it offer meaty, practical information for students; it also provides valuable insights for teachers....The best explanation of primary control and downward pull that I've yet seen....A treasure trove...for any Alexander teacher working with students in activity....A healthy extension of F.M. [Alexander]'s work." -- Robert Cohen, ACAT News
"This is a book to read with enthusiasm and attentiveness. It could influence profoundly a teacher's effectiveness with students....A book of immediate usefulness to the performer and teacher, and one which will stimulate productive self-evaluation and awareness. It is persuasive and positive in tone, easy to read and wonderfully enticing." -- Thomas Mastroianni, American Music Teacher
About the Author
Barbara Conable is an Alexander teacher of 23 years experience and a teaching member of the North American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique and Alexander Technique International. She has taught at the Ohio State University and the Cincinnati Conservatory and is now President of Andover Educators. She is an active poet and the author and editor of several books about the Alexander Technique.
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"How to Learn the Alexander Technique" is a great starting-out place for anyone who's interested in the process but either doesn't have a teacher or would prefer to do as much on their own as possible. But it would be unfair to dismiss the usefulness of the Alexander Technique if you don't succeed. After all, most people have lessons in learning how to drive a car and so it's not surprising if you end up needing at least some lessons in learning how to "drive" yourself in a better way.
Ultimately, I think the best place to get a deeper understanding of the Technique is from Alexander's own books. But a very good first step is the Conables' book, "Body Learning" by Gelb and "Fitness Without Stress" by Rickover. Also a book called "Freedom to Change" by Jones.
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