STUFF I LOVE
Some things I just want to tell everyone about
These straps are amazing! Neotech is dedicated to making musician's lives easier (and how many places do that?!). Their straps make holding an instrument lighter, more comfortable—and even more fun than it already is. I swear by them. They have straps, pouches and accessories for ALL kinds of instruments to help us play and carry our instruments with ease. Plus they have a laptop strap (for you non-musicians) that will literally save your shoulders. They are the only straps I use now. I'm a big fan.
This herbal blend was designed by The Jasmine Pearl, a tea company I love, for Portland OR's Hampton Opera Center. It's full of good throat soothing herbs, but also has great "mucilaginous" herbs (which sounds icky but is actually good) that help the mucous membranes of the vocal cords stay hydrated. You can't actually get moisture to your cords unless you steam, but this tea helps the body create inner hydration! It's yummy organic Licorice Root, Fennel, Cloves, Cinnamon, Orange Peel, Ginger, Peppermint, and Marshmallow Root.
Alexander Technique is an incredible way to support your body and mind to work together for efficiency and ease. Teachers Rebecca Harrison can help you understand how the patterns in your body impact all we do, and how to connect directly with your physical experience to free your life in ways you can't imagine. And Jerald Harsher is an expert on applying AT and Bodymapping tools to playing guitar with freedom and ease. These tools have changed the lives of many musicians (and people) and helped me recover from injury to a place beyond recovery into deepening my artistry.