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I support and coach musicians in their professional lives since 1998.

A work in full consciousness linked with the functional anatomy.


Maybe I am not trying hard enough, maybe I am doing enough, but I do not hurt myself.

And if sometimes the pain comes, it is a sign that I listen to without amplifying it.
It is not normal to hurt yourself while playing and daily pain is depressing.

The pain persists despite your efforts because the real problem is relaxation.
The search for relaxation is the number one confusion in pedagogy.


Performing without pain is not something extreme.
I share my work and keep creating new tools every day for you, musician.


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From Fatigue to Stop Performing


Fatigue comes from an excessive relaxation.
The search for relaxation is the number one confusion in pedagogy.


Relentlessness, physical forcing and perfectionism push you to work more.
Loss of flexibility, tensions and compensations: a vicious circle.


Shoulder, back, elbows, hands or lips pain…
(only functional dystonia is not painful)


Overuse Synfrom
Nerve compressions
Focal dystonia

Limitation of Working Time

Not being able to play more than 10 minutes …
No longer being able to play at all and feel depressed.


Anxiety of performance or generalized anxiety disorder:
Mismanagement of emotions is very tiring …

It is really frustrating not to be able to play more than 10 minutes without feeling an unbearable tension.

The necessary concentration is disrupted and your work seems less beneficial.
You are working more to fill this gap and your motivation is no longer sufficient.

Your demanding nature mixed with your perfectionism and the repetition of the gesture are the causes of many aches.

Pathologies take place and stop playing seems sometimes necessary which increases your anxiety.
This interruption does not offer you the possibility to incorporate new habits, only resumption under certain conditions allows it.

You incorporate much faster than you think the respect of your anatomy within your technique.
You finally come up for air.

The Axes of Work

A catalog of more than 40 workshops

written for all musicians!

A catalog built on the 7 axes of work.
Take another look at the pedagogical confusions and make the connection with the functional anatomy.
Put these new perspectives into practice on the affected body regions.

Coaching Institutions


From an introductory day
 to several days per year


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Andrzej Wilkus
Lecturer of Guitar and Guitar Pedagogy - Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland
In the autumn of 2015 Marc Papillon was invited as a lecturer to the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki, Finland. During a few days he gave masterclass lectures, which aroused tremendous interest in our students, professional guitarists and guitar teachers in Finland. Marc’s lectures were incredibly inspiring; they opened up new approaches to the processes of guitar playing. He combined the different aspects (physical, technical and mental) of guitar playing and managed to demonstrate how to find the joy while working with such a demanding instrument.
C. M.
Violonist - Paris

Hello, just to let you know that I managed to do a week of rehearsals and concerts (7 to 8 hours / day) without suffering, thanks to your warm up exercises, stretching exercises, your awareness and selective relaxation techniques. Thank you very much!

J. F.
Violonist - Canada

In this quest, your exercises act as markers which create a straight pass for me. Some are more difficult than others, but then again, they gradually help me to go further. I feel no pain, no tension, I would rather say that it unties my stiffness, it helps me support my gesture in a more massive way, because by favoring my large joints, I release the smallest. Immediate result : a richer sound, which “breathes” !!! 🙂 Thanks a lot !


Thank you very much for this initiative, which brings hope to all professional musicians who live with this great sadness to no longer know what playing freely means, and who are facing a lack of understanding from those around them.

R. B.
Transverse flute

I remember from these workshops that problems which seem complicated, even impossible to improve can sometimes be easy to change. Put in place the fundamentals of a good body posture : foot balance, major axis, centered and independent head, already brings an overall balance of the body. These workshops made me conscious that physiology and psychology are very much related to one another. Building a proper and optimal posture for better performance and comfort is fundamental for a musician. This research which is a job that will last all our life can nevertheless be guided by simple tools, after all. Now that I have the feeling to better understand the mechanisms

of the body, I will try to find fun and enjoyable ways to practice it.


Thanks again for these tips, Marc!

Muscular stretching exercises of the shoulder girdle and “awareness” of the shoulder blades are exactly the ones I needed. A very conclusive result since I was able to work for 4 hours yesterday without stretching out my back … something that I could hardly imagine a few days ago. I must now refine my feelings.

P. S.
Trombone solo

Hello Marc, I am still trombonist of the Castille Leon Orchestra in Spain. Thanks for your advice. I had a dystonia in 2002 and I recovered in 2006. Your advice are always part of my routine. Physical and mental exercises, sensations etc. I am still close to all of this and of course,

it completely changed the way I give my trombone lessons… Thank you Marc.


Hello, since these videos I took into account the recommendations in my own guitar practice but also with my students. As you can imagine, the technical benefits and well-being are there for all to see. Thank you for your advice and your availability.


How nice to find you virtually. I feel privileged to have completed the workshops. The idea of the videos is great, I realize that there are several details that I simply forgot with time, these videos refresh my memory. I never get those pains anymore (tendonitis) and I have started playing again after… 20 years. At first, I was a little afraid, because of tendinitis, and I kept telling me that “painless” would not last… It continues !!!! By applying the advice, and most importantly, the relaxation in practice, it was quickly placed. In fact, I realize that (finally!) the way of feeling in practice is directly related to the one felt during concerts. It’s never too late to learn … good habits. In short, a calm and relaxed mind promotes a calm and relaxed body condition, and vice versa. I am now looking forward to the next videos. Thank you !

Petri Kumela
Concert Artist, Guitar Lecturer in Sibelius-Academy and Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
Marc Papillon has greatly influenced the way I work. His concepts and methods about ergonomy and playing an instrument with ease are game changing in their simplicity and functionality. The results in my own playing and in that of my students are clear and impressive.
C. L.

I remember from these workshops, essential elements about the anatomy and mechanisms involved in my instrumental practice. I was also able to discover different techniques as well as an adequate vocabulary on the muscular areas that I particularly use with my instrument. Indeed, postural exercises allow me to lessen my back pain. Therefore, by using them to warm up or stretch my muscles, the energy of my body and musical performance becomes more and more effective and relevant.

Beyond the posture...

You have already worked on your posture but you have not achieved your goals …

You find yourself going in circles and you still ask yourself too many questions …

To go further and integrate these informations in your pedagogy, I suggest we make progress together.