Playing with Ease
Oxford University Press has published David Leisner’s new book, Playing with Ease: a healthy approach to guitar technique. It is a book about ergonomic technique for the guitar, and is easily applicable to other instruments as well. In this ground-breaking and perhaps controversial book, Leisner offers an introduction to the basic anatomy of movement, advice on relieving unnecessary tension, pioneering ideas about engaging large muscles, and tips for practicing and concert preparation. There are 26 accompanying short videos on the OUP dedicated website for the book, as well as 52 photos and 10 illustrations.
About the book, guitar legend Eduardo Fernandez has written: “Every guitar student should read this book. Leisner has distilled all his experience and insights into a very readable and practical work.”
And Grammy Award winner Jason Vieaux has written: “David Leisner developed body/joint awareness, breathing and meditation exercises, muscle stretching, etc., along with incorporating larger muscle groups into his guitar mechanics and technique, a concept itself antithetical to what was going on in the 1990s when I was in training. But after working with David for one summer, his innovative technique has had a long lasting impact on my playing over the years.”
To find out more about the book and order copies, please click here.