Last time I talked about the voucher system of Alexander freebies, and collecting odd moments to practice. Today, some more freebies.
Our starting question is ‘What do you learn from?’ Not “what do people in general learn from?” but “What do you learn from?”
It’s a very relevant question if you are taking Alexander Technique lessons. If you are going to be successful, you have to learn. No getting away from it. Obviously, you learn from your Alexander Technique teacher, but that costs money. So where are these other free sources?
There are loads of them. Heaps. Once you start looking a little more widely, you’ll be tripping over them. The next best after your teacher, is the other students in your Alexander group, if you have group classes. Then there are blogs, podcasts and video tutorials by the hundred. All of them specifically geared to learning, in varying degrees of formality.
But what about all the learning that sneaks up in disguise? The lady you sit next to in the waiting room who is tatting, and more than happy to talk about it. Standing in the queue listening to the couple behind you talk about the 10-mile walk they did in the Peak District. A novel set in Gorbachev-era Moscow.
One small example, just one. The other day I was trying to find out how to make sauerkraut, and I came across this video(*) by Sandor Katz. Great video, clear, well explained, informative. But just watch what he does with his upper body every time he wants to emphasize a word. You don’t need many Alexander lessons to realise this is a recipe for a lots of extra work, and probably sore muscles, as well as good sauerkraut. Was I expecting a culinary Alexander lesson, an impromtu reminder of what is and is not necessary for verbal emphasis? No. But I got one, a good one, for nothing.
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