Why am I writing this blog?
This blog is intended for people who are looking to understand and resolve problems they encounter in their playing, whether the issues are technical and/or musical limitations, in addition to use-related injuries. It’s a way for me to communicate with many of you out there. I have been, and continue to be, deeply moved by the many e-mails that arrive from all over the world, expressing gratitude for the profound help and transformation that people have found from viewing the 10 Technique DVDs. Even the short trailers on the Golandsky Institute YouTube channel have made people see new possibilities. Some have been so inspired that they have come to New York to see me in person for lessons or asked me for referrals to Golandsky-certified teachers. Others have come to our annual Summer Symposium and Festival at Princeton University in New Jersey, or to other workshops throughout the United States. They want to begin on the road to recovery as soon as possible, and to become the pianists they always dreamed of being. There is a hunger, really a starvation, for information that makes sense and yields results, not the tired, old “you need to practice more” or “something is wrong with you, your life, your partner, etc…”. When a teacher says such things to students who already practice many hours a day, it leaves them confused and baffled.
While the Taubman work was developed for pianists, its far-reaching insights apply to other instrumental players, and it has made a big difference in their playing. Along the way, typists started asking me if I could help them with their problems, which eventually led me to form a company: Healthy Typing. I recorded a DVD explaining the reasons for these typing problems, how to resolve them, and even more importantly, how to prevent them altogether. However, this is not where it ends. We live our lives in constant motion. We use our fingers, hands and arms from birth until death. How we do so in daily living (opening doors, cooking, brushing our teeth, holding a knife, etc) results in either being symptom-free or feeling fatigue and pain. I’ll explain more about this in subsequent entries. Some of them will use video demonstrations, which hopefully will address some of the concerns about which people write to me. Please understand that many questions cannot be answered without the person being seen. Individual problems need to be addressed on an individual basis.
I send you my very best wishes. Thank you for reading, and I hope this will be of help to you.