Alexander Technique / Educator
Between the Beats
Rhythm foundations and practice tips for beginners. Bring a drum if you can, all are welcome.
"I am bursting with excitement that I now get to attend weekly group drumming fundamentals lessons with Richie Barshay. They are group drum lessons, only $10/hr. Richie is deeply artistic and also an alexander technique teacher, so he's sharing from the beginning how to play relaxedly and artfully, grounded and using your whole body -- It's a true gem of my week now and you should join if you want to so we can all be the drummer rock stars of our dreams who know how to be quiet and loud at the right times." -- Aly, participant
Register, then send $10 fee via Venmo @richiebarshay or Paypal firstname.lastname@example.org
What you'll need: Zoom, a Drum (stick or hand drums welcome - a table top surface or your lap will also work), and headphones (recommended).
Shake things up with Richie Barshay's ongoing Body Percussion Group Class (no instruments necessary). Experience new ways of playing beats with your whole body, and enhance your rhythmic creativity in these hunker-down times. Learn new rhythms and ideas to take with you for hours of self-sustaining groove creation in the confines of your own home or neighborhood. For beginners and seasoned musicians alike, the class will tap into eastern and western musical traditions, cultivating a more grounded connection to time and the beat within yourself. Through elements of the Alexander Technique (Richie is also an AmSAT certified teacher), you’ll learn to use your body as a gateway to more rhythmic flow!
Alexander Technique private and group sessions
for drummers, and all humans.
I'm a certified Alexander Technique teacher (M.AmSAT) - offering private lessons and group classes. The Technique is a century-old method for learning and relearning better balance, coordination, and improved functioning of the mind-body as a whole. Students are guided through a process of self-discovery; building conscious awareness and choice in specialized and simple activities. Lessons address how to balance, sit, stand, walk, breath, and move with more ease and less tension, rediscovering your own power and improved performance. For musicians, dancers, actors, athletes, the elderly, people who work in an office all day, and those curious about improving their coordination in general, the Alexander Technique has numerous benefits including injury prevention, recovery, and stress relief.
Between the Beats is a group class for musicians and non-musicians seeking to improve their rhythmic coordination and musical flow. Through the lense of the Alexander Technique, classes include body percussion and basic hand & stick drumming exercises.
“The easiest I’ve felt playing drums in over 20 years.” “The work I’m doing with Richie is vital to having longevity as a performer.”
-- Ari Hoenig (Chris Potter, Kenny Werner, Jean Michel Pilc)
“Richie Barshay is as much a master teacher as he is musician. The concepts that he brings to the
table incorporating Alexander Technique and its application to drum set I've found to be profoundly
eye opening, and something often overlooked in drum set education.”
“I've been playing drum set for 15 years, and in the first lesson I started to think differently about my approach to the instrument. Breath, posture, relaxation, touch, groove, tone, time feel. These are all concepts that can be worked on for a musician at any level (or instrument for that matter), and Richie, with his diverse wealth of knowledge offers guidance in a thoughtful, patient and effective way. What I've learned and continue to learn from Richie is invaluable."
-- Philip Mayer (Natalie Merchant, The Band’s Visit)
“I feel like I have more freedom to make music. It’s helped my playing a lot in general, even though my first concern was healing my tendinitis. I felt more stable and grounded - able to be more present in the music with less tension in my body.
-- Peter Mannheim (Alvin Ailey Dance drummer)
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Workshops, private lessons, school residencies, and international outreach since 2005