Uncork the bottle and Unleash your Genie

Learn how to more fully inhabit your innate musicality on piano.

You learned good foundational principles and practices for Sounding Yourself in Course 1.  Now would you like to flesh out your playing to better reflect your nuances?

Enrich your musical toolbox, delight your sensibilities, satisfy your creative urges

Now that you have a feel for this new approach to the piano, imagine taking that and exploring your musical possibilities more deeply.

Feel the delight of expressing your energy, your story and your groove as you experience it!

Expand your creative possibilities by attending more deeply to rhythm, melody, groove and multiple-note chords.

Reorient and renew your relationship to the piano and to listeners

As you've been observing in more depth in Course 1, the way you do one thing is the way you do everything.  In Course 2 you will play with a different kind of relationship to Other, firmly grounded in your relationship to Yourself.

Continuation of the "Sound Yourself" approach to musical expression

Listen, Feel and Play more engaging, more satisfying music.  Your music.  With ease...  :-)  

Deepen your access to your intuition and creative genius.

Nurture and nourish your intuitive and creative nature.  Enjoy connecting with it easily at any time, whether you're at the piano or not.

Express your authentic self and your emotional world musically.

Deepen your process of working with challenging emotions by sitting down and working through them musically on the piano.  Take advantage of this powerful tool you have at your fingertips to literally (and enjoyably) express your authentic experience and to create a different one.

What will you learn in the 6-module "Playing the Fields" course?

The course has 6 weeks of videos, pdf downloads for study and quizzes to help you track your progress.
I'll walk you through every step of the process easily and naturally.

After you finish the course the materials will be available for your use and reference.

Silence / The sound of silence

Orientation: Engagement

You will learn how to consciously use silence to express essential aspects of your truth and experience and enrich your music.

Melody / Story line

Orientation: Experience

Learn to explore and allow the natural flow of ideas to move through you into an organic melody that reflects and delights.

Chords / Community

Orientation: Integration

More than 2 notes at the same time. Learn some simple ways to create complex and beautiful harmonies on the fly without years of study.

Rhythm and Groove / Jiggles of time

Orientation: Observe

You will learn how to expand your rhythmic expression to include notes "within" the pulse.

Righ and Left hands / Both sides now

Orientation: Involve

Playing with both hands at the same time is a classic challenge for piano players. In this module, you will learn an organic approach to integrating your left and right that might affect more than just your piano playing!

Dynamics / Whole new dimension

Orientation:  Release

You’ve learned about which notes to play. Now you’ll attend to volume, duration, the sustain pedal and other tools for your enhancing musical expression.

About Daniel Barber

I started on the piano at the age of four, and got pretty good playing the notes on the page by the time I got out of high school.  I've struggled for over 20 years wanting to sit down and improvise, to make something up that would be spontaneous musical and enjoyable, but I was blocked, frustrated and discouraged.

After 15 years now working through those challenges as a professional musician, not only do I play confidently for myself and others, I've also come up with a way to play (and teach playing) in all 12 keys that seems to be entirely unique (as far as I've researched). It continues to blow me away that I've come up with a unique way to teach people how to improvise on the piano in all 12 keys in less than an hour!

Never underestimate your genie!  

When that method is combined with my unique approach to musical creativity, you have a tool for not only improvising music on the piano, but reorienting your approach to yourself and others in all aspects of your life.

“It is like a meditation where you sit to clear your mind and stop it from thinking or judging or analyzing and you just let it happen.  In the moment.  And whatever happens, it just is.  It just comes out.  And it's okay.  Truly.  I'm not kidding.  Genius.”

​Karen Gaughan

You will get access to videos, PDFs, group calls, private one-on-one calls, and more.

You will get access to 6 modules, each of which has 3-4 videos apiece.  There will be instruction mixed with experiential work to massage your mind, acknowledge and nourish your heart, and liberate your soul.

You will get access to worksheets, PDF summaries, checklists, and lots of ideas for things to do and try between module releases.  You will also gain access to weekly group calls with Daniel and will also have an opportunity for a private one-on-one call with Daniel during the 6-week timeframe.

You will also have access to a community of people who are learning the same stuff and are exploring their own musicality along with you. You will have lots of opportunities to interact with other students and to share music with them if you'd like. You'll also be acknowledged for doing the work and for learning this unique method for inhabiting your sonic nature.

What People are Saying...

Marc Stevens ( Web Design Media )

In the moment

It is like a meditation where you sit to clear your mind and stop it from thinking or judging or analyzing and you just let it happen. In the moment. And whatever happens, it just is. It just comes out. And it’s okay. Truly. I’m not kidding. Genius.

Karen Gaughan

Learning to show up even if I don't feel quite ready

[I'm] investing in the restoration of the piano that I grew up with and not wanting it to remain silent.

I have never done any work similar to SoundYourSelf. I [always] felt it all had to be flawless and perfect. Now I'm learning to just show up even if I don't feel quite ready, that little steps are quite alright, and steering clear of situations that require perfection.

I can actually improvise pieces that are beautiful!

Ellane Chandler

I am not a musician and I expected....

Daniel delivers on his promise to get you improvising your own music on the piano!

How easy it was! I am not a musician and expected a much higher learning curve but there wasn't one. To my surprise when I listened closely to Daniel's suggestions, even when I wasn't sure of them, I began playing my own music much faster than I would have imagined.

With Daniel's system you come to realize it is a natural expression for us all...he just helps to bring it out of you. Thank you Daniel!

Anutosh Rob Luka

Reassuring and supportive

It's reassuring to be supported by Daniel who is not only a skillful musician but also a very generous and sweet person doing everything he can to help and support people. The group was also quite supportive, respectful, and sweet. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Marie-Noël Générau

Fun and yet substantial

[It's good for] people who want to just get going on the keyboard, who just need encouragement to dive right in, and who want to regain a sense of joy in making music.

It's FUN - without being at all frivolous.

Daniel loves sharing this work - you can tell it's a "labor of love" and it's part of what makes the work fun and yet substantial.

Ellane Chandler

Fascinating, just fascinating

This new way of looking at patterns on the keyboard has caused a major brain shift for me. I keep looking at the patterns and just can’t believe it. Makes total sense.

I was so excited and energized after our lesson last week that my mind just would not stop. I’ve been playing around with it and listening to the sounds in a way that I never listened before, and I have a basic structure, or map, as a way to organize it. Fascinating, just fascinating. And yet really so simple. How did you think of this?

Karen Gaughan

Simple method, immediate results

I have had fits and starts all of my adult life taking traditional piano lessons and find myself frustrated at the lack of progress. Daniel's method is simple in its logic and you truly can make some pleasing music after your first lesson.

Bill Byrne

Something I only dreamed of

Do it! Absolutely embrace the fact that yes, after a mere hour, you will be able to improv in 12 keys. It's something I only ever dreamed of doing, and now when I sit at the piano, I'm able to dig right in--with gusto!

When I sit down at the piano now, it's no longer this strange mystery. It has form and structure, and I know it.

How easy it was, and how well I could remember it days, weeks and months later.

Holly M. Paar

My relationship to music and my family was so much better.

Before working with Daniel I felt disconnected from most things in my life. I just was not sure what I wanted to focus on. Daniel was recommended by a dear friend of mine. I trust her so it was a no-brainer. I am not a piano player. I had an interest in his method because it sounded so doable.

As I progressed, I noticed that the more confident I became, my relationship to music and my family was so much better. The relation between the piano as a way to really express what I hear and feel has been revelatory.

Anne Mullin

Improved my openness to others

This course is based on the individual slowing down and listening for the music that lies within us. That calming and centering can truly be a mindset that helps in other facets of my life.

Daniel shows a sincere interest in me as a student and as a person. His methods of listening, breathing and centering can certainly help if applied to dealing with others. I think that lesson is one I have taken forward and has improved my openness to others.

Bill Byrne

Surprise your friends and family

I feel like it's pretty effortless to make some really nice sounds with your system. In fact, I sat down last night and started playing some things that I like. My daughter came into the room and gave me a hug. I asked why and she said she heard me playing and thought it was my wife (who can play the piano very well). When she saw it was me, she was moved to give me a hug.

Vic Garlock

"I could never play that thing."

This course would be good for anyone who ever looked at a piano and said, " I could never play that thing." Daniel has created a program that is so easy to follow. It does not require knowing theory or looking at notes on a page. Very beginner-friendly and I have witnessed people who have been classically trained having so much fun discovering new ways too.

Anne Mullin

Musical intuition revved!

I've loved composing for guitar all my life, and as anyone knows, the guitar is not as friendly when it comes to memorizing where all the notes are. The thought of learning a whole new instrument was daunting to me, but to my surprise, since I've learned to improv in 12 keys, the guitar is easier for me now as well. I can really hear music more adeptly, and my musical intuition has never been more revved!

Holly M. Paar

Hidden value

Yes! I am much more aware that I have or should have a relationship to my piano, an old friend, that is more than just sitting down and immediately playing/duplicating other peoples' music. There is a reciprocal listening for and feeling of what may need to be "said" at the keyboard on any given "conversation."

I believe I have transferred that awareness of listening and feeling in dealing with others. Relationships are not always what you expect up front. They can have hidden value in being patient and seeing what unfolds.

Arden Perez

Who am I now?

I like the fact of not having to compare oneself to or "imitate" someone else, I noticed that the experience gave me an opportunity to pay more attention to what I'm feeling inside and express it. It's like a mirror which reflects my emotions and feelings. This helped me with the questions: Who am I now? And: what do I wish to create today?

Marie-Noël Générau

It goes beyond piano playing

Also, noticing patterns in how I approach things, do things, perceive things--just really confirms who I am and have always been. Also envisioning other possibilities............ It goes beyond piano playing, can be challenging to self, but ever so enriching.

Doors have been opened..........lots! wide! Thank you for persistently being there! Thank me for finally diving in!

Evelyn Schubert

Almost shocked at what I was able to accomplish

I have zero desire (or time or patience) to learn to read music or learn to play piano in a traditional way. These tools gave me the ability to 'play' piano in about an hour... Slow and steady. But what came out of the piano sounded really nice to my ears (and family's ears as well)

Just do it. If you've ever wanted to play piano these 60 minutes might be your shortcut ticket to making lovely sounds come from a piano! I practiced an hour last night and was almost shocked at what I was able to accomplish. First practice sesssion

Tony Pascone

This would spare me having to think about theory

I was working on some original music last night, and the thought occurred: " I could use the "3 sharps" key layout to explore some ideas to create a new section of the song. This would spare me having to think about theory, and will probably result in some ideas I might not have found previously.

Ben Brill

Much more than lessons for piano

I have learned not to be so self-judging and be more patient with myself. Expectations can so trip us up that we may lose the value of the experience. Your patience with me was gratifying! I try and remember it is okay to be 'messy'!

Acceptance of things as they are and healthy detachment are lessons that can be applied to all aspects of life and relationships. They bring a peaceful , non-forceful approach to most situations.

Arden Perez


It’s opened up a "whole nother" world for me. It’s like my brain cells are saying, “hey cell mates, we just got the key to unlock the iron door, so let’s bust outta here and head for the 'fields.' Freedom!”

… I don't even have to know what key I’m playing in. I can just put all that aside.

Karen Gaughan ... Lifelong piano player

Fun, easy and satisfying

If you’ve always wanted to play and be creative there is no better way to do it than from feeling and listening. That is the approach Daniel takes and it’s not only extremely fun and easy, it’s extremely satisfying. You will learn to express whatever it is you’re feeling inside.

Paul Heumiller

A big leap for me, very empowering and nurturing

I LOVED being in contact with the group in our weekly phone calls. It fed my commitment to actively doing the course. On a personal level, sharing and being witnessed was such a big leap for me, very empowering and nurturing.
Such a precious space to be in! 1. Open-minded people who are willing to dare to do something outside the box. 2. Self confidence, courage (trying something unknown, trusting the process, vulnerability in sharing with others) It's fun!

Evelyn Schubert

Unique, and offers unexpected benefits

I have not done anything similar before. It is a unique approach. It's fun; it does not require hard work nor does it take a lot of time each day. It can bring unexpected valuable benefits and insights for your life, which may vary from one person to another.

Marie-Noël Générau

A practice of acceptance

It's a real blessing to be able to shorten the time between something unexpected happening and being able to accept it"....I LOVE this and it's so true. I even heard it in relation to the unexpected death of my father when I was 8 years old (that's half a century ago) because even after all these years there are still slivers of shock and grief that sometimes show up. As he was very musical and played the piano a lot, it seems perfect for me to practise being able to accept whatever arises as I allow a flow of notes to move through me to the piano.

Clare P

I've seen just about every method there is...

I was a full-time piano teacher for 5 years, I've seen just about every method there is, and I've never seen anything like this. Did no one genuinely figure this out before Daniel? Perhaps we should call this the Barber method...

Now I do it for just 10 mins a day. It starts messy, then it gets musical, then it gets deep. Often I cry. And music starts to flow through me again. Like it used to. I'm not making mistakes any more. I'm staying effortlessly within key. It's like he's helped me get back into the heart of music. Thank you Daniel. Thank you thank you thank you.

Briony Greenhill ... Musician, Vocal improvisation coach, Workshop leader

I have had absolutely no training - now playing sweet songs

This method is just plain fantastic!

I have had absolutely no training on the piano and just a bit of understanding of music theory and I now find myself playing "sweet", as my spouse calls them, songs in 12 different keys each with a different feeling tone.

The keyboard makes sense for the first time and I have no trouble knowing where to put my fingers. The hardest part is getting in touch with how I feel and playing that out. When it happens, it is so gratifying.

Treat yourself to this!

Ike Sloan

Lifelong dream might be possible after all!

A light bulb went off in my brain, tears came to my eyes, and I clapped for joy to realize that a life-long dream of playing the piano without being tied to the printed page of music just might be possible after all, despite years of lessons!!!

Anne McKenzie

Don't know what, why, or how and that's great!

My brain shifted … I don’t know what, why, or how and that’s absolutely Great. Whatever is taking place within my Unified SoulMindBody Field is brilliant and looooonnnggg prayed for. Benefits are Present in my newsletter and brochure … a Miracle of ‘publicly voicing my Self’.

Donna Wolf ... Energy Resonance Practitioner

Nothing to fear here

Just do it! There is nothing to fear here. If there is, you get to play that out on the piano.

Anne Mullin

Ease that allows for imperfection

Daniel teaches with an ease that allows for imperfection that ties into every emotion I feel. I have worked with Chloe Goodchild, delving into how voicing sound is also a healing tool. It was really wonderful to take that practice to the piano and expand my awareness.

Anne Mullin

Excited about sitting at the piano

Oh happy day, "and thank you, Daniel."

Yours is an amazing concept that is leading to a more simplified way to understand which notes when played together or in sequence make harmony and which to leave out till another time.

Now I'm excited about sitting down at the piano rather than dreading it.

Whoopee and Oh Yeah!

Anne McKenzie

So now I'm playing!!!

I wanted to play piano again and make it FUN! (and learn to improvise without making it complicated!) So now I'm playing!!!

Evelyn Schubert

Profound musical experience

I had a profound musical experience today. I've been studying piano with my friend and great musician Daniel Barber for a few months. Daniel has a really unique approach to teaching that is intuitive and spiritual. You don't learn keys, but rather 'fields', you don't learn scales, but rather you learn to listen, feel and attend to the sounds and your reactions to them.

Paul Heumiller ... Owner, Dream Guitars

Interesting and exciting!

Yes, it’s a wonderful course, concise and very easy to follow along! It’s very interesting and exciting to learn how to improvise beautiful sounds without any prior learning experience with the piano. This approach allows you to explore and improvise music in a new way using your intuitive abilities. As a Qigong instructor and a soon-to-be Medical Intuitive, I can’t wait to use it as part of a sound healing process. Thank you, Daniel Barber, for creating this innovative approach!

Fabienne Louis

Highly recommend anyone near or far

I know theory but wanted to learn a new instrument, Piano, a new way. I wanted to do it from my gut and my heart.

Well today at our last of 12 sessions it came together and I improvised a piece that brought tears to my eyes, because it 'played me', I was just there experiencing music come through. Simply magical.

Profound thanks to Daniel and I highly recommend anyone near or far contact Daniel Barber to experience this. Forever grateful!!

Paul Heumiller ... Owner, Dream Guitars

It's easier than you think / rewarding experience practically guaranteed!

Good pace of instruction, great concept, fun to apply.

Using this method, I felt less intimidated of keys with lots of sharps and flats than I would have using traditional theory and scales.

It's easier than you think, and the likelihood of this being a rewarding experience is practically guaranteed!

Ben Brill

[Recommend?] 100%. Wonderful time spent with Daniel

[Would you recommend this approach?] 100%. Wonderful time spent with Daniel understanding this way to learn improvisational piano!

I suppose the first word that comes to mind is clever and visual. I learn best with visual cues and (this) was a really easy way for my mind to wrap around the concepts.

Tony Pascone

Helped me out of mental chatter

The daily experience helped me get out of mental chatter, diving into the listening, feeling and playing experience, which is soothing and essential to me.

Marie-Noël Générau

Beginner's mind and a wonderful time!

Besides the knowledge that I can sit, listen and approach the piano to create music that is not written or memorized, I have learned that even at this age and stage of life it is okay to be in kindergarten once again. :-)

Go for it!! You will gain knowledge of the keyboard, yourself and have a wonderful time with a kind and patient teacher!

Arden Perez

Piano improv and the path of self-love

I feel more confident, legitimate and comfortable with the unknown. I feel that I can trust my intuition and hold to the truth within myself. I'm realizing that this piano improv experience helps me to move forward on the path of self-love (instead of expecting other people to love you).

Marie-Noël Générau

Near instant gratification you can build on

I have taken formal piano lessons on and off most of my life. Each time, the "building process" of traditional teaching has bogged me down and I have ended up not continuing. SoundYourSelf has provided a system where an individual can get near instant gratification from the simplest progressions and can build on it with each module.

[I got] the confidence to trust myself that improv can produce some beautiful sounds that often reflect my mood or what is going on around me.

Bill Byrne


“This new way of looking at patterns on the keyboard has caused a major brain shift for me. I keep looking at the patterns and just can’t believe it. Makes total sense."

Karen Gaughan
Marc Stevens ( Web Design Media )


“I am delighted at how easy your theory is - your basic tenets (...) are so amazingly easy. I came home and had it figured out in minutes."

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John Woods
Marc Stevens ( Web Design Media )


“I'm digging it! I love your method. It's freed me up to hit the right notes and not worry about those sour notes."

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Michael Kohnle
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“I feel like it's pretty effortless to make some really nice sounds with your system. In fact, I sat down last night and started playing some things that I like. My daughter came into the room and gave me a hug. I asked why and she said she heard me playing and thought it was my wife (who can play the piano very well). When she saw it was me, she was moved to give me a hug."

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Vic Garlock
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“I loved our lesson. Truly."

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Bob Swoap

Is this Course Right for You?

Your course is not for everybody, you can use this section to pre-select the customers that will get the best results.


  • People who want to deepen and enhance their improvisation
  • People who want to explore further their creativity and spontaneity
  • People who want to take what they have learned in course one of playing fields and take another big step on their musical journey.
  • People who are ready to dig deeper
  • People who feel stuck in their lives or their relationships, and who want to inject creativity and new possibility
  • People who are willing to spend a little time each day playing and trying new things on the piano


  • People who want to learn music theory
  • People who want to learn to read music
  • People who want to learn other people's songs
  • People who like to be told what's right and wrong
  • People who don't see the value in being still and listening
I want to make SURE you're happy with this!!!

Try this online course risk free for 60 days (time to receive and spend good time with ALL the modules).  If you do not feel more ease, confidence and creativity on the piano and/or in your life just send me a message and we'll refund your money, Period.

You can now Sound Yourself more deeply with
Playing the Fields, Course Two!

I'm excited about developing Course Two and I look forward to facilitating a great experience to those of you who are most wanting to do this.  To help make sure you get all you need to benefit from the course, I'm offering the following bonuses to anyone who signs up for Playing the Fields (independent online, private online or private in-person)

Access to a private Facebook Group

You will have access to a private group on Facebook (including everyone taking the class online, via private lessons online or private in-person lessons).  You can ask questions and share your experiences, insights and ideas.  Daniel will be monitoring and responding and it will be a good way to enhance your learning journey.


Office Hours = weekly conference call

After signup week, I'll work with all of you joyful journeyers who are coming onboard and will set up a time for a regular weekly conference call.  (It will be recorded in case you can't make any of them.)


Marsupial Road Trip - CD

If you are curious about Daniel's creative path or your own, this album of original music offers Daniel's musically diverse and poetically rich perspective for your indulgence and delight. These songs traverse the landscapes of legacy and calling, surrender and change, gratitude and activism, spirituality and cosmology, resurrection and rebirth.

Marsupial Road Trip is a stylistic jaunt through jazz, rock, singer-songwriter and world beat sounds. By integrating Daniel’s early musical influences with African, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms and a harmonic mix of his own life experiences, this music emerges as an expansive art form for everyone to revel in thoughtfully, heart-fully and joyfully.

Start Today! Choose Your Plan Below

Online - Videos


  • 6 video lessons online
  • Watch on your own time
  • PDFs
  • Group calls
  • Facebook group access
  • Lifetime access with on-demand download

​Online Private lessons 
(Video calls)


  • 6 private lessons w Daniel
  • Online - geography
  • Exclusive Bonus content
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

In-person - Private lessons


  • 6 Lessons
  • Exclusive Bonus content
  • Lifetime access with on-demand download


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