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LJS 138: How Alexander Technique Can Help You as a Musician (feat. Christian Steineder)

Welcome to episode 138 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking with Alexander Technique teacher and guitarist Christian Steineder. He talks all about Alexander Technique, what it is, and how it can help you as a musician. Listen in!

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This episode is a fun one. I have on a regular podcast listener, Christian Steineder, who happens to be an expert on Alexander Technique.

Alexander Technique is a process that teaches how to properly coordinate body and mind to release harmful tension and to improve posture, coordination and general health. It’s named after the Australian Frederick Matthias Alexander who developed it.

Christian goes over the basic idea of Alexander Technique and explains how it helped out his musicianship and general mindset around playing music.

Here is some of what we talk about today:

1. What Alexander Technique is.

2. How the physical and the mental work with each other.

3. Basics of Alexander Technique and what a typical lesson looks like.

I really appreciate Christian Steindeder for sharing his knowledge on this episode. Alexander Technique is a great way to start improving your physical relationship with your instrument and your mindset throughout your musical journey.

Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


  1. A bit difficult to fully appreciate how Alexandria Technique actually works, but there are certainly some areas of guitar playing that we can relate to like taking a relaxing position and not tensing up, giving your undivided attention to the task at hand and not drifting off with secondary thoughts etc. So if the technique can help your resolve these types of issues then its worth finding out more.


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