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Breathing and the Voice Understanding the Whispered “Ah”

07.04.2018, 10:00 Uhr bis
08.04.2018, 15:00 Uhr
Krakauerstraße 19
1020 Wien

Everyone familiar with the Alexander Technique has heard of the whispered “ah,” which F. M. Alexander taught to his students and which many teachers of the Alexander Technique teach today. Yet even among students and teachers of the Alexander Technique, the real meaning of the whispered “ah” remains largely mysterious. Is it a form of relaxation, designed to help us to slow down the breathing, to quiet our nervous system, or to more fully oxygenate our blood? Is it a way of engaging the larynx that utilizes less effort than normal vocalizing and, for this reason, will somehow indirectly improve vocalizing? Or is it more directly related to producing sound and, if so, how? In this workshop, we will look at the true purpose of the whispered “ah,” how to produce a whispered sound, and how to apply it to vocalizing as the basis for restoring the innate ability to vocalize effortlessly which, for most of us, has been lost. In the workshop we will look at how breathing takes place, how it relates to producing sound, and at the purpose of the whispered “ah” procedure. We will then look at the elements of the whispered “ah” and how to produce each in turn and at how to apply it to vocalizing, both in recitation and in singing. Alexander students and teachers are invited to participate in this experiential and practical workshop, taught by Theodore Dimon.

Everyone familiar with the Alexander Technique has heard of the whispered “ah,” which F. M. Alexander taught to his students and which many teachers of the Alexander Technique teach today. Yet even among students and teachers of the Alexander Technique, the real meaning of the whispered “ah” remains largely mysterious. Is it a form of relaxation, designed to help us to slow down the breathing, to quiet our nervous system, or to more fully oxygenate our blood? Is it a way of engaging the larynx that utilizes less effort than normal vocalizing and, for this reason, will somehow indirectly improve vocalizing? Or is it more directly related to producing sound and, if so, how? 2 In this workshop, we will look at the true purpose of the whispered “ah,” how to produce a whispered sound, and how to apply it to vocalizing as the basis for restoring the innate ability to vocalize effortlessly which, for most of us, has been lost. In the workshop we will look at how breathing takes place, how it relates to producing sound, and at the purpose of the whispered “ah” procedure. We will then look at the elements of the whispered “ah” and how to produce each in turn and at how to apply it to vocalizing, both in recitation and in singing. Alexander students and teachers are invited to participate in this experiential and practical workshop, taught by Theodore Dimon.

Dr Dimon is the director of The Dimon Institute, a Founding Director of the American Society for the Alexander Technique, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University Teachers College. He received both masters and doctorate degrees in education from Harvard University and has written seven books including Anatomy of the Moving Body; The Body in Motion; Your Body, Your Voice; The Elements of Skill; The Undivided Self; A New Model of Man’s Conscious Development; and Neurodynamics: The Art of Mindfulness in Action.

DATE AND TIME: Saturday, 7th April from 10.00h – 16.00h, Sunday 8th April 10 00h– 15.00h Arrival and enrol from 09.00h, 1 hour lunch break

 

Krakauerstraße 19, 1020 Vienna

The course will be held in English by Ted Dimon

Costs: 150 Euro

Please register by email to: mazek@chello.at

PAYMENT INSTRUCTION Andreas Sandri IBAN AT55 6000 0000 7341 4290 Reference: Ted Dimon

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