Injured Musicians: Learn To Play Music Without Pain!
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Injured Musicians: Learn To Play Music Without Pain!

Don't let pain ruin your career! Most musicians use too much tension while playing. Use your body with less pain today!
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Created by Joseph Arnold
Last updated 4/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Employ concrete skills for reducing music-related pain
  • Be able to identify your own bad habits of tension
  • Know the real causes of your pain
  • Have a road-map for reducing and preventing pain
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  • Have your instrument and a full-length mirror at hand.

Course Summary

If you're a musician like me, then you've probably dealt with pain related to playing music. In this course you'll find the principles and basic techniques that will help you make music without pain.

What you may not realize is that the way you use your body affects how your body feels. In this course, you will learn how to use your body with less strain and tension so that you can experience relief from your body pain.

Find Relief From Pain & Strain So You Can Enjoy Playing Music for Many Years to Come!

  • Discover the real cause of playing-related pain
  • Learn from a professional musician who's overcome his own pain
  • Optimize practicing to your body's benefit
  • Learn how improving the way you use your body benefits your sound and craft
  • Gain one-of-a-kind insights into how your body works best

Reduce Pain & Improve Your Sound With this Simple Idea: "Getting Out of the Way of Yourself."

In conservatory I developed pain in my arms that almost ended my career. What kept it from ending my career was the Alexander Technique. Nothing else I tried taught me how to let go of my bad habits of tension and posture which are the cause of most musician's bodily pain. Now I have a successful career as a violinist - without pain!

If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, rotator cuff injuries, trigger finger, lateral epicondylitis, back pain, or other musculo-skeletal conditions then this course is for you! I can't claim to have a cure, but I had these conditions. I learned how to relieve them and now I'm passing the knowledge off to you!

Seriously, there's nothing like it out there - which is why I call it "The Secret of Pain-Free Music!"

Contents and Overview

This course is designed for musicians who experience problems with chronic pain that gets in the way of making music.

In this course you'll learn about the Alexander Technique, its principles, and gain some practical knowledge about how to implement it in your music-making.

You will also have access to material that will help you get the most out of your practice time with the least effort and strain.

More course material is on the way, so stay tuned!

Who is the target audience?
  • You SHOULD take this course if you're an injured musician.
  • You SHOULD take this course if you want to prevent pain from happening in the first place.
  • You SHOULD take this course if you want to improve your sound in surprising ways.
  • You SHOULD take this course if you experience chronic muscular pain, even if you're not a musician.
  • You SHOULDN'T take this course if you're OK with music-related pain.
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
Learn the Secret of Pain-Free Music - Overview
3 Lectures 06:46

In this lecture, you will find the real, "hidden," SECRET truth behind most musician's playing-related pain. Basically, it's this:

It's not what you do, it's how you do it!

Everybody has habits of using too much tension in their bodies, but when you're doing something that you're really passionate about that also involves lots and lots of repetitive motions (i.e. playing music), it's a recipe for disaster.

Preview 01:07

About the Secret of Pain-Free Music:

  1. The Good News - it'll help you free yourself of playing-related pain.
  2. The Better News - it'll improve your sound.
  3. The EVEN Better News - it also helps stage fright, stage presence, and boosts creativity.
Preview 03:29

You'll get a lot of good ideas from this course, but if you're really committed to freeing yourself of pain I recommend seeing a real, live Alexander Technique teacher, such as myself.

Preview 02:10
And then I found the REAL cause of music-related pain.
4 Lectures 10:57

My early struggles with pain started in conservatory. The pain started in my forearms and spread up to my shoulders, neck, and back. Pretty soon I couldn't practice any more and it looked like the pain would stop my career.

The young violinist in pain

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about the cause of music-related pain. The biggest ones are:

  • Pain is inherent in the activity of playing your instrument.
  • The part that hurts causes your pain.

Pain isn't an inherent part of playing music. The real cause involves how you use your body.

Preview 04:01

Why do we use too much tension in our body in the first place?

Why is this tension here in the first place?

When I found the Alexander Technique, I knew that I had found something different. Instead of focusing on my pain, my Alexander Technique teacher taught me how to use my body better so that I didn't cause the pain to begin with.

My first experiences with the Alexander Technique.
7 Lectures 22:59


1) The biggest key to reducing pain is through paying attention to how you use your body.

2) The part that hurts isn't necessarily the cause of the pain.

3) The quality of movements of your body are directly responsible for the quality of your sound.

4) By unpeeling all your layers of habits and “emotional armor,” you can discover a deeper, more powerful, and more resonant place in yourself from which to create, perform, and live.

The SECRET! Overview

Learn how to pay attention to your body so that you'll experience less pain.

Preview 05:21

This is a guided "body meditation" designed to help you get in touch with your body and help you release excess tension. It's an excerpt from my e-book, "The Pain-Free Music Quick Look Book," which is available for free on my website:

BONUS! A guided "body meditation"

One of the key insights that makes the Alexander Technique so central to The Secret of Pain-Free Music is the recognition that the part that hurts isn’t necessarily the cause of the pain. The key word in this section is "tensegrity."

Welcome to Your Tensegral Head/Neck/Back Relationship!

You probably believe that you play your instrument with your arms and hands (and maybe breath), so you might be surprised to hear that you don’t! Or at least, that’s not the most important factor in your playing. The “strings on the marionette,” the “reigns on the horse,” the “power behind the throne,” is your head/neck/back relationship.

Preview 02:27

Tensegrity is a word coined by Buckminster Fuller, who combined the words "tension" and "integrity." It's a really useful concept for understanding your body.

Tensegrity in Action!

From my essay entitled, “Alexander Technique and Violin 101: Don’t Hold Your Violin with Your Chin.” Holding your violin between your chin and shoulder causes tension!

Note: the principles in this lecture apply to any instrumentalist, not just violinists.

Experiment #1
How to Get Out of the Way of Yourself
4 Lectures 07:47

Your instrument is meant to resonate. However, it cannot resonate on its own – it needs a person to play it. Just as you will get two different sounds banging a bell with something soft or something hard, you will get different sounds depending on the softness or hardness of your body’s movements.

Will This Really Help My Sound?

Stage fright is normal, but it shouldn't get in the way of your performances. Learn how to turn stage fright into useful energy!

Stage Fright: Re-Training Your Fight-or-Flight Response

It’s part of Napoleon’s legend that he was shorter-than-average in stature, but larger than life in-person. This begs the question, “What is stage presence, anyhow?” Is it a “royal” puffed-up demeanor?

Stage Presence: Napoleon Was Always the Tallest Dude in the Room

What does it mean to be stuck in a rut? It means that you’ve been relying too heavily on old ways of thinking and being. You can unleash your creative potential by learning to recognize your habits and let go of them (which is basically what this whole course has been about).

Stuck in a Rut?
Smart Practice Tips
4 Lectures 20:09

Practice represents the greatest percentage of time with our instrument, so how you practice really affects your well-being. Learn some practical tips on practice methods that help your body feel better AND help you learn your music as efficiently as possible.

Preview 03:19

Learn the best frame of mind for more effective and pain-free practice.

Practicing with the body in mind.

A 5-minute laying-down talkthrough for you to use in amongst your practicing.

Preview 05:02

A 5-minute laying-down talkthrough for you to use in amongst your practicing.

5-Minute Practice Break Talkthrough: Lengthening and Releasing
1 Lecture 01:42

With this course you can make a dent in the amount of pain you experience. Learn about other resources, including finding real, live Alexander Technique teachers (including me!) because you don't want to miss the Alexander Technique experience! It was certainly one of the most eye-opening and beneficial experiences of my life!

About the Instructor
Joseph Arnold
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Violinist, Composer, and Alexander Technique Teacher

Joseph Arnold is a violinist, composer, and internationally certified Alexander Technique teacher. He is currently an assistant at the Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique. He also plays in the "Hot Club of Philadelphia," a gypsy swing band, the "Birmingham Six," an Irish rock band, and composes for and leads the "Joseph Arnold Orchestra," an all-strings ensemble that plays soulful grooves with classical chops.