I just read A Stroke of Insight. The author investigates the right left brain dichotomy relating the experience of having a stroke that obliterated her left brain with its verbal analytical capacity, and her eight year rehab, through the lens of her profession as a neuroscientist. She describes the acceptance and bliss that the right brain, flying solo, experiences. The book struck me as relevant to my difficulties with singing. I am eager to relate the author’s ideas to The Alexander Technique. Reawakening surrender flow intuition sensation as a vital mode integrating it in a much more equal balance with the left brain’s judgement and analysis would help and is what I remember of the act of singing when it was working. When judgement and analysis become dominant in Alexander, rather than just a part of it, the Technique can stall until the balance is restored. I would love any comments. The Alex. Tech. is a continuing delight every day. -Holly Alonso
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You are studying the Alexander Technique. You’ve taken lessons for weeks or months or years. Maybe you even teach the Technique. You’ve read some or all of what F.M. Alexander wrote. You’ve read some of the other literature on the Technique. You understand most or all of it. And yet…much as you enjoy your lessons, enjoy teaching, you have a nagging feeling that something is not quite working as it should be, that if you were more conscientious, more awake, that things would be better.
You apply the things you’ve learned in your lessons to your music, juggling, dance, tennis. You pay attention as best you can when you sing, stare through a microscope, work at a computer, eat supper. You try to pay attention as best you can, and yet… (more…)