From my own personal experience as a pianist, and through coaching thousands of musicians, I know and understand the common peaks and pitfalls of being a musician. The immense desire to express through sound, the moments of peak performance that drive us to keep going, the trying to regain or reach the feeling of natural technique, occasional or chronic pain and discomfort, the lack of musician-related anatomical understanding, the wish to relax and feel free but not really knowing how, the sense of musical ability inside that doesn’t effortlessly flow through, and maybe on top of all this, nerves and anxiety, a sense of struggle, frustration and the feeling of not being recognised and good enough. It may sound bad… but we cannot hide the facts anymore. Even recent studies show us how orchestra musicians have a higher degree of commitment to the workplace than the general workforce, and at the same time peak the stats of anxiety and depression. We are willing to give up our happiness and health to create music.
But I believe now that we can have it all! We can actually use the challenges of musicianship to grow as human beings both physically and mentally throughout our lives!
I now know the immense benefits of recognising the body as the instrument, understanding what to work with in the body to produce a clearer sound and more resonance, how to find peace in a performance situation however intense the journey might be, how to feel secure and supported in the mind and the body and to unlock the innate power within both. Not only did my playing get better by discovering all of this, but so did my personal life and the experience of being a musician.
Having had chronic shoulder and back pain in my teens, which I tried to ignore with painkillers and physical treatments for a while, eventually I had to go find some real answers. I already had a lifelong fascination with psychology and physiology, so off I went to discover new worlds of knowledge. I was accompanied for the journey by my innate problem-solving curiosity, an insatiable thirst for great music and freedom of playing. Plus, I always wanted to help others and would constantly share with colleagues what had worked for me, seeing results for them too. Since 2007 I have been lucky to help thousands of musicians in several music universities and other institutions with enhancing coordination related to playing. Understanding the functioning of the body can help you to develop further as a musician throughout your whole life. There is no age limit for exploring and learning new things.
No longer blindly accepting everything I was taught, questioning the status quo and keeping my curiosity alive along the way has really shaped what Timani is today. It was inevitable really that Timani would be born. And I’m so glad to be sharing it with you today in such an easy, accessible way.
I really hope you join us for the journey of self-discovery and development. And that together with many other musicians you can now benefit from Timani, regardless of the instrument that you play or genre you sing. We all deserve to feel supported, strong and relaxed in our bodies, peaceful in our minds and to create the kind of musical community we want to play within. I really wish to offer everything possible with the TimaniCommunity, and I look so much forward to seeing you in there and sharing all I can to help you in the journey of reaching a lifetime of enjoyable playing.