Thinking Aloud - Talks on Teaching the Alexander Technique
Published 1994 160 pages
Everyday Walter Carrington would give a short talk to his students, and it became the custom to record these talks. The twenty-five short texts in this book have been selected and edited by Jerry Sontag from transcriptions of Walter Carrington’s talks on the Alexander Technique between 1966 and 1990. The talks are not arranged chronologically, but they have a thematic coherence and may be read consecutively, although one can also dip into the book, or select a topic of particular relevance to oneself.
The talks were given by Carrington to his students on his training course for the purpose of clarifying particular aspects of the practice and teaching of the Technique. Some of the titles are: “The Importance of a Teacher’s Use,” “Lengthening in Stature,” “Teaching Directions to Beginners,” “Lengthening and Widening,” “Knees Going Forward and Away,” “Hands on the Back of the Chair,” “Directing the Neck and Head,” “Whispered Ahs,” “Teaching the First Lesson,” “Breathing,” “Generating the Energy to Go Up” and “The Demand of the Constant.”
Accessible, concentrated, distilled knowledge of 50 years’ teaching experience, these observations are essential reading for students of the Technique.
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