Frederick Mattias Alexander is the pioneer of the Alexander technique which is taught throughout drama schools and conservatoires and is deemed essential to any actor who wants to work within theatre, especially Shakespearean actors. Frederick lost his voice and through self observation and self correction he found re-aligning his body, correcting habitual bad habits and habitual bad posturing, his voice returned. This is probably a rather simple explanation but what Frederick found was that the voice could be improved through correcting breathing problems that had been developed over the years. Alexander technique requires a journey of self discovery, it is a skill that will help you develop as a actor, singer or just in life, getting rid of tension and stresses of daily life.
Stanislavski understood that excessive tension interferes with creating the spiritual life of the character in performance, the Alexander technique deals with this directly. Often people are inhibited or impeding their progress in developing as an actor and the technique allows you to become aware of your tensions, allowing the you to develop new ways of performing.
The Alexander technique improves posture and movement, which is believed to help reduce and prevent problems caused by unhelpful habits. During a number of lessons you’re taught to become more aware of your body, how to improve poor posture and move more efficiently. The Alexander technique is used and taught by classically trained vocal coaches and musicians. Its advocates claim that it allows for the free alignment of all aspects of the vocal tract by consciously increasing air-flow, allowing improved vocal technique and tone. Alexander realized that people who had been using their bodies wrongly for a long time could not trust their feelings (sensory appreciation) in carrying out any activity.
If you have had no training and want to improve the quality and efficiency of your voice, finding cheap and good classes to help you improve your voice could give you the confidence to go for that role, whether it’s a Shakespeare play or a theatre role that interests you.
CITY LIT are based in Covent garden and they have plenty of reasonable courses. They provide 3 Alexander technique class options for around £100-150. The Academy is well respected and you will get your value for money in quality.