music as body movement

according to m. feldenkrais there exists no action in life without movement, and hence making music is an action that uses movement to produce sound in combination with our other senses, primarily the ears, but also the eyes and our senses for muscular tension and for the position in space.
think of the complex finger movements of a piano player to change the sound of his touch, playing legato of staccato, producing even or swinging notes. think of the different hand positions of a guitar player. think of the intonation on a string instrument, the importance of finger position and finger pressure. think of the intonation on a wind instrument or for a singer – the importance of effortless breathing, the coordination of the tongue and the lips. think of the independent limbs of a drum player, playing cross- or polyrhythm.

making music has a lot to do with moving the whole body and being able to listen to the produced sounds and to the body, in order to adjust the (sometimes very small) movements to produce a better, more beautiful sound.

making music & imagination

a clear image and understanding of an action enables us to sense the difference in quality between the intended or imagined action and the ‘real’ outcome of the action.
sensing the difference in quality is the key to improvement and better learning.

the feldenkrais method works with imagining our actions, a tool that easily can be applied to music: it is well known from successful musicians to practice their instruments in the mind, away from the instrument and also, like in the well known case of walter gieseking, to learn whole concert scores without the instrument, only in the mind.

The awareness gained through the feldenkrais method can be applied to imagining music, composing or improvising, learning to be able to play immediately what one hears internally.