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To be a musician is to "speak music." When you have something to say and you know how to say it, your gestures and sounds become both expressive and free. Offering an innovative, comprehensive approach to musicians' health and wellbeing, INTEGRATED PRACTICE gives you the tools to combine total-body awareness with a deep and practical understanding of the rhythmic structure of the musical language, so that you can "speak music" fluently, healthfully, and effectively.

The key to mastering the language of music is rhythm. INTEGRATED PRACTICE contains an in-depth study of rhythm in music and in coordination, with dozens of exercises to help you infuse your gestures and musical phrases with rhythmic energy. The balance between structure and inventiveness is also essential to your wellbeing. Music is based on predictable grids of chords, scales, and time signatures, and yet your music-making ought to be unpredictable and fluid. INTEGRATED PRACTICE shows you how to establish an imaginative dialogue between the relatively inflexible structure of music and your own individual style as a singer, instrumentalist, or conductor.

INTEGRATED PRACTICE covers the harmonic series in detail and includes novel approaches to improvisation, with exercises that you can apply to daily practice, rehearsing, and performing across the entire repertory. The book is accompanied by a dedicated website with dozens of video and audio clips that demonstrate the book's exercises.

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To be a musician is to "speak music." When you have something to say and the means to say it, your gestures and sounds become both meaningful and free. Offering an innovative, comprehensive approach to musicians' health and wellbeing, Integrated Practice gives you the tools to combine total-body awareness with a deep and practical understanding of the rhythmic structure of the musical language, so that you can use the musical text itself as your guide toward psychophysical and creative freedom. The book shows you how to establish an imaginative dialogue between the relatively inflexible structure of music and your individual personality as a singer, instrumentalist, or conductor, and it explains how you can use the acoustic phenomenon of the harmonic series to make big, beautiful sounds with little muscular effort. Integrated Practice comes with more than a hundred and fifty exercises demonstrated by video and audio clips on an extensive companion website that will inform your daily practice, improvising, rehearsing, and performing. With this array of resources for every learning style, Integrated Practice is the essential handbook to personal achievement in successful, expressive musical performance.

About the Author

Pedro de Alcantara is a musician, writer, and teacher. His books include Indirect Procedures: A Musician's Guide to the Alexander Technique, The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life, and the children's novels Befiddled and Backtracked. He lives in Paris and New York, and he travels the world giving seminars and master classes.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: Rhythm

1. Words, Sounds, Gestures

2. Prosody, or the Secrets of Rhythm

3. The Grid: A Life Principle

4. The Metric Grid

5. Coincidence: Intention and Gesture

6. Rhythmic Solfège

7. The Metronome and the Rubato

8. Superbar Structures

9. Opposing The Grid

10. Patterning and Sequencing

Part II: Coordination

11. Connection and Flow: First Principles

12. The Juggler: A Cello Lesson

13. Object Wisdom: An Oboe Lesson

14. Body, Breath, Vibration, Text: A Voice Lesson

15. The Quadrupedal Prosodist: A Piano Lesson

Part III: Sound

16. The Harmonic Series

17. The Harmonic Series and the Voice

18. The Messa di Voce: Virtuosity of Contact

19. Practicing The Messa di Voce

20. Improvisation: A Lifestyle

Conclusion

Bibliographical Notes

Bibliography

Appendix: "The Exercises: An Overview"

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195317084
Author:
De Alcantara, Pedro
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Alcantara, Pedro De
Author:
null, Pedro
Author:
de, Pedro
Subject:
Instruction & Study
Subject:
Music | Performance Studies, Applied Music
Subject:
Music-Music Appreciation
Subject:
Music form.
Subject:
Exercises
Publication Date:
20110731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 halftones, 10 line illus.; 100 music
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
7 x 9.9 x 0.7 in 1.2 lb

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"Synopsis" by , To be a musician is to "speak music." When you have something to say and the means to say it, your gestures and sounds become both meaningful and free. Offering an innovative, comprehensive approach to musicians' health and wellbeing, Integrated Practice gives you the tools to combine total-body awareness with a deep and practical understanding of the rhythmic structure of the musical language, so that you can use the musical text itself as your guide toward psychophysical and creative freedom. The book shows you how to establish an imaginative dialogue between the relatively inflexible structure of music and your individual personality as a singer, instrumentalist, or conductor, and it explains how you can use the acoustic phenomenon of the harmonic series to make big, beautiful sounds with little muscular effort. Integrated Practice comes with more than a hundred and fifty exercises demonstrated by video and audio clips on an extensive companion website that will inform your daily practice, improvising, rehearsing, and performing. With this array of resources for every learning style, Integrated Practice is the essential handbook to personal achievement in successful, expressive musical performance.
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