- Aug 8, 2021
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- Pennsylvania, USA
I have that book and his straps as well.There is a book called "Mastering Accordion Technique: a new approach to accordion playing based on the Alexander Technique" by
Claudio Jacomucci and Kathleen Delaney. I have a copy , but I haven't gotten around to reading it. I bought a stack of books online and have been going through them over the past year or two. I wonder if anyone on the forum has any thoughts if it may help with avoiding injuries? It isn't an etude book, rather, my understanding is that it's text about the Alexander technique and it's application to accordion playing.
The book is two parts, one about accordion technique generally from Jacomucci, the other about AT applied to musicians from Delaney. I haven't worked through all of it yet. The straps are odd, but the hip belt is a real game changer for weight distribution.
I recently realized I am almost always tense. My bayan teacher pointed this out when I started taking lessons last year. I gave myself tendonitis in both hands after a particularly intense couple of days of practice in October. I am about 90% recovered and have slowly been getting back to playing. I have had a few AT lessons with a local practitioner to try to learn to avoid reinjury. The general gist seems to be learning how you move your body in strain-inducing ways, then relearning how to do them in less straining ways. Pretty hard to do, in my experience so far.