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Indirect Procedures

Indirect Procedures:
A Musician's Guide to the Alexander Technique

by Pedro De Alcantara
Paperback/Published 2013
One of the best books about the Alexander Technique. A comprehensive introduction followed by a great deal of material of interest to instrumentalists and singers.
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How to Learn the Alexander Technique

How to Learn the Alexander Technique:
A Manual for Students

by Barbara and William Conable
Paperback/Published 1996
This book was reviewed in the section "Introductory books about the Alexander Technique" and is included here because it contains a lot of information of special interest to musicians.
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What Every singer Needs to Know About the Body

What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body
by Melissa Malde, MaryJean Allen, and Kurt-Alexander Zeller
Paperback/Published 2008
This book gives singers and their teachers a body mapping resources from anatomy and physiology to help them discover and correct misconceptions about the way their bodies are built and the way they function so they can sing better.
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The Voice Book

The Voice Book
by Michael McCallion
Paperback/Revised 1998
This book is an invitation to become more aware of our voice, and how to learn how to improve it using the principles of the Alexander Technique.
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Voice and the Alexander Technique

Voice and the Alexander Technique
by Jane Ruby Heirich
Hardcover/Published 2004
A compehensive guide to good vocal use by an experienced Alexander Technique teacher. Includes a CD. A valuable resource for singers, public speakers and anyone who wants to improve the quality of their voice.
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What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body

What Every Muscian Needs to Know About the Body
by Barbara Conable
Published 1998, Spiral Binding
The practical application of Body Mapping and the Alexander Technique to making music by an experienced Alexander teacher.
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The Structures and Movement of Breathing

The Structures and Movement of Breathing
by Barbara Conable
Forward by James Jordan
Paperback/Published in 2001
A primer for choirs and choruses, written by a teacher of the Alexander Technique.
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Just Play Naturally

Just Play Naturally
by Vivien Mackie and Joe Armstrong
Paperback/Published 2006
An account by a cellist and Alexander Technique teacher about her studies with Pablo Casals, and how some of what she learned fits in with basic Alexander Technique ideas.
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What Every Pianist Nees to Know About the Body

What Every Pianist Needs to Know About the Body
by Robert Gary, Thom Miles and Thomas Mark
Paperback/Published 2008
Techniques for gaining greater ease of movement for piano players, with an emphasis on "body mapping," an outgrowth of the Alexander Technique.
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Freeing the Caged Bird

Freeing the Caged Bird - Developing Well-Coordinated, Injury-Preventive Piano Technique
by Barbara Lister-Sink and Dr. Glenna Batson
DVD/Published 2005
Shows how to play modre efficiently with less harmful stress. Presented by 2 Alexander Technique teachers.
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The Pianist's Talent

The Pianist's Talent:
A New Approach to Piano Playing Based on the Principles of F. Matthias Alexander and Raymond Thiberge

by Harold Taylor
Paperback/Published 1979
The subtitle is misleading, as the book is primarily about the pedagogy of French pianist Thiberge, a teacher who addressed himself to some of the same issues as F. Matthias Alexander. Lots of interesting parallels to the Alexander Technique.
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