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Sophie’s Elbow

Sophie & Al (Shadow Chat)

Today is an ‘After & Before’ day for me. Two days ago my wife, Sophie, slipped and fell. She broke her ulna and now has a piece of bone floating, unattached, in her elbow. With luck she’ll have an operation today and be pinned back together by this evening. In the meantime I wait. Between […]

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How to learn ‘Groove’

The bad news – Despite what everyone wanting to sell you a book or instructional course may tell you, no one can really teach you. It’s just too subtle a thing. The good news – What a good one-to-one teacher can help you with is develop a good, reliable process for how YOU can teach […]

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The Value of Restriction (part 1)

It’s become accepted wisdom that more is better, and where more isn’t appropriate then new is better. Advertising depends heavily on it. The less restrictions we have in our lives the more choice we have and that’s a good thing. But is that really true? I’ve just cancelled a subscription to Sky. Leaving aside the […]

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The Aware Musician : Better

Better. Better is what you make it.. Better  could mean all sorts of things… It doesn’t inherently mean faster, more complicated, louder or more expensive. It doesn’t inherently mean slower, less complicated, quieter or cheaper. It doesn’t inherently mean more familiar. It doesn’t inherently mean less familiar. It can mean any of those things to […]

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To Play or Not To Play

Top When will you play? What will you play? Why did you play? Why didn’t you play? What effect did that have? In my previous article I described my RSI experience and discovery of the Alexander Technique. The thing I really connect with in the Alexander Technique is that it is a toolbox: there are […]

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