Written specifically for electric bass players, and including information for double bass players as well, this book explains injuries and conditions prevalent in bass players and how to treat or avoid them. Features advice from top bassists such as Victor Wooten and Esperanza Spalding, as well as an easy-to-use symptom reference guide to help pinpoint sources of injury.
An insightful book on the anatomical aspects of music-making processes. Detailed, yet assuming no prior scientific knowledge, it explains posture, limb movements, breathing, embouchure muscles, the respiratory tract, the larynx and vocal tract, the brain, and stress. One chapter deals with the causes of performance-related injuries and how to avoid or mitigate them. Includes a CD-ROM with diagrams, animations, and videos.
The first and foremost scientific medical journal devoted to health problems of performing artists. Features original peer-reviewed research papers covering a wide array of disorders, such as neurological disorders, musculoskeletal conditions, hearing disorders, and anxiety.
One of the most accessible guides on the Alexander Technique available for musicians.
The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique: An online resource that provides information on the Alexander Technique. It has a comprehensive online bookstore of Alexander Technique resources (including a listing of guides specifically written for musicians), free articles, and listings of certified teachers by city.
One of the most comprehensive musician-oriented books on the Alexander Technique, touching on many facets of a musician's life such as technique, sound production, practicing, rehearsal routines, performance anxiety, health problems, and even philosophy.
The essential book on Body Mapping, which is a method of applying Alexander Technique to one's "body map." It dismisses popular assumptions and misrepresentations about the use of the human body, and seeks to correct them with graphic images showing how the body really affects one's experience and movement.
A guide on placing the musical and technical dimensions of oboe performance within the context of a precise understanding of the human body. Additional resources can be found on the book's companion website.
Written by the pioneer of the Feldenkrais method, this book provides a practical program for a healthy mind and body. It focuses on building better body habits and increasing awareness through physical and mental exercises.