“Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.”
― Miles Davis
Learn how to inhabit your innate musicality so you can have the rich experiences you were born for and offer the precious gifts you are here for.
Have you always loved music and often wished you could confidently express yourself musically?
Consider a radically different approach.
Are you ever frustrated that there are aspects of yourself that you’re never able to adequately express?
You know the power of music to speak to you. What if you harnessed that power for yourself?
Are you frustrated or confused why many of the same issues keep coming up in your life even though you’ve consciously worked through them, perhaps for years?
What if it's not about figuring something else out, but about BEING yourself. And what if music has something valuable to show you about that.
Have you always known you wanted to play music, and figured you'd "get to it" later?
I appreciate that you are busy! What you will learn in the Sonic Immersion will help reorient you to the pace and energy of your day. You'll learn how to use your new Sound Yourself techniques when you're busy or overwhelmed, and learn how to have a different relationship to it.
Also, understand that this is NOT about spending hours, months, years mastering other people's music. (Who has time for that??!!)
This is about being your musical self NOW so you can have a richer experience of yourself, your relationships (and your day!).
Would you like to 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 with your instrument or not.
Would you like to explore a fresh, safe and healthy outlet for your complex emotional world?
Deepen your process of working with challenging emotions by sitting down and working through them musically on any instrument (including your voice). 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 is possible for you through the SoundYourSelf Coaching program?
In-depth Immersion into the Sound~Your~Self approach
Lifetime access to online video modules
12 1-hour group sessions (optional)
12 1-hour private sessions (weekly)
Customized experience - Your perspective, Your instrument, Your Sound
Depending on the instrument(s) you choose to work with, your experience will incorporate some or all of the following:
The Music / As you perceive
You will learn how to orient yourself to your innate genius and creativity through specially designed listening techniques and focused attention.
Pitch / The colors of sound
As creation proceeds, there is more variety, and there are more colors in the palette. Sinking more deeply into the sonic sea we swim in...
Bass / What's the mood
(Primarily for piano)
In this module, you'll learn how the bass notes create mood by providing context for what you're playing in the fields with the right. How does it feel?
Silence / The sound of silence
You will learn how to consciously use silence to express essential aspects of your truth and experience and enrich your music.
Melody / Story line
Learn to explore and allow the natural flow of ideas to move through you into an organic melody that reflects and delights.
Chords / Community
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.
Pulse / The beat
You will learn how to bridge the gap (chasm?!!) between formless "nothingness" to the manifest world of "sound" and "not sound."
12 keys / To your liberation
This is where you will learn how to improvise in all 12 keys with ease and confidence. A unique theory-free method without chords and scales!
Intervals / There's more...
Putting two notes together generates an alchemical result that starts to get really interesting, and really beautiful, really quickly. Really fun!
Rhythm and Groove / Jiggles of time
You will learn how to expand your rhythmic expression to include notes "within" the pulse.
Right and Left hands / Both sides now
(Primarily for piano)
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
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.
Review / Reflect
Take stock of what you've learned, reflect on the material and your experiences. Notice areas for acknowledgement and attention.
What people are saying...
I'd say that Daniel's overall framework has given me some "handles" that have helped me discover new directions for using my intention and attention as I improve my skills and improvisational fluidity, especially in playing with other people--having musical "conversations." I really like his Listen....Feel.....Play as well as "listen to the pulse" and "listen to the rhythm that you don't yet hear." I find pearls each time Daniel and I learn together.
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.
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.
Expressing your soul in sound
I had a dear friend, colleague and marvelous musician say to me that "music is expressing your soul in sound." I loved that because I realized that, in learning to play the Native American Flute that's what I wanted to do--express my soul in sound.
I just had the opportunity, by accident, this evening to listen to a tape that Daniel and I must have recorded about 4 weeks ago--about 5 weeks into our program. I was actually astounded to hear the difference in my playing along with Daniel. I feel much more confident to play along with others, I can hear rhythms more clearly, and I'm listening more deeply in many dimensions of my life, not only when I'm making music.....making music, I guess that's the main shift that has happened as a result of my work with Daniel....there are times now when I actually feel lost in the music, in the voice of the flute, in the vibrational field that surrounds me.....and that is pure joy!
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).
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.
Guided me gently to access my deeper listening, sensing and feeling abilities
I had been looking into taking guitar lessons again and a friend shared with me about Daniel's unique approach to teaching music., esp. learning how to learn to play my own music.
I definitely found a deeper appreciation for my guitar, and for making music again. . Having had a very negative experience with my piano teacher in my childhood, which left me with a strong internalized critic. You helped me work with my inner critical parts and guided me gently to access my deeper listening, sensing and feeling abilities and how to express them musically.
Embracing this new process
I’ve enjoyed working with Daniel and embracing this new process. Daniel has been so patient with me as I’ve navigated this work in my own time and comfort. Daniel always finds a way to tie in this work perfectly with where I’m at during each session.
Thank you Daniel!
I have a healthier relationship with myself as a result and I feel more alive.
I feel that I am a little bit more accepting of myself, allowing more of me to be expressed creatively through music, but also in general. This is a huge gift to me and something I have been working with for a long time.
When I originally signed up for this music process with you I did not really know what to expect. This has been an amazing process of self discovery, quite humbling at times. I know I just scratched the surface but this has been a lovely experience and I will be able to apply the principles, not only to guitar, but to other creative expressions and to life. I have a healthier relationship with myself as a result and I feel more alive. Working with Daniel has been a very healing experience for me!
Finding true voice
I was going through a tough time in my life and a friend recommended Daniel to me. I was told that Daniel could help with expression through the voice, and keep it fun!
Although I will never be a great singer, the work with Daniel helped enable me to find my true voice and speak up when a situation called for it, no matter how painful it might seem. Daniel's presence and know-how provided a safe space that allowed me to be vulnerable without words, through toning. (My) relationships have been seriously tested (and with this work) they deepened and became more authentic.
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?
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.
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.
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!
Your technique allowed me to be me
It was my pleasure to go on an adventure with you. Along with good feelings, I experienced some learning! You have great vibes, that quickly develop an atmosphere that feels safe.
In addition to having awesome talent, musically speaking, you are an excellent conversationalist, i.e., you listen. You actually listen! With an eye on the future, you fully participate in the present.
Happily for me, you also have the gift of Patience. (Thank you) Your technique allowed me to be me.
Opening the door
If one is open to experimentation, Daniel will help tear down walls that exist in our lives that we may not even be aware of. The door to creativity and self-expression can then be opened wide, be it through music, voice, art, even every-day living.
Listening with less judgement and more intent
[As a result of this work,] I've let go of the internal critical judgement of my playing in favor of connecting deeply within. This deep soul connection has produced powerful experiences in self expression that defy my imagination.
I find myself listening intently as others speak to me. I can listen with less judgement and more intent.
Allowing "space" before reacting
I was looking for a different approach to working through my emotional patterns and another resource for when I find myself struggling.
Now I am able to allow myself “space” before reacting to others. I am able to stop, listen to what was said, get in touch with how it made me feel and then decide how I want to respond.
I’m much more at peace feeling I have more control over how I want to participate in engagements. And I’m proud of myself for making shifts in my patterns and not being so reactive.
I am not a musician and I expected....
This has been a very enjoyable course. 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!
Laughter and self-acceptance
Daniel's work enabled me to find gratitude in very difficult and challenging circumstances. I have become more self-confident, having been reminded of the power within each of us. The most valuable thing I got from the work with Daniel has been laughter and self-acceptance, realizing that I don't really have to take myself and situations so seriously!
Reminders we all need
I feel for some time now I haven't had a great awareness/appreciation for my surroundings. Daniel's method reminds me to be conscious of that more often, particularly when I am in a stressful or uncomfortable situation...
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!
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.
Tapping true musical nature within
I have discovered the truth inside of me. It's expressed authentically through the drum that I play. This energetic connection to source is powerful and nourishing.
Daniel possesses plenty of technical expertise, to be sure. He passes along technique and know-how when its most applicable. What makes him really special is his primary focus on leading the student to connect with the authentic rhythm within. His blend of trust, support, encouragement and acceptance is beautiful.
This environment makes possible deep exploration of the improvisational musician within. What a joy!
Unleashing authentic self-expression
Do it! I was full of questions internally such as "will this work for me?" and "I'm not really musical.... what if I can't do it right." Let go of these kinds of thoughts. Be open to the possibility that deep within yourself is an incredible musician waiting to be unleashed. Don't let this opportunity for authentic self expression pass you by.
Changed my relationship to the drum
This has changed my relationship to the drum. I don’t have the same hesitation when it comes to approaching my drum. I also have a much more symbiotic relationship with it, being that I can allow myself to play what flows through instead of sweating that I don’t know what to play.
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
Thanks for working with me in such an attuned way
Much gratitude to you, Daniel!! Thank you for your patience and working with me in such an attuned way!
Experiencing music come through
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.
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!!
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!
You will get access to tools, perspectives and practices to learn how to sound like yourself.
You will receive focused, private coaching with Daniel for 13 weeks (50 minute sessions). During that time, you will learn and explore a different aspect of the Sound Yourself framework for improvisation. Each session will include substantive material, customized content created for you and your desired instrument, and experiential aspects to deepen and ground your learning and creative growth.
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 13-week timeframe.
You will get access to 12 online video modules, each of which includes several short videos. There will be instruction mixed with experiential work to massage your mind, acknowledge and nourish your heart, and liberate your soul.
Is SoundYourSelf Coaching right for you?
WHO THIS IS FOR
- If you are tired of dealing with the same old problems and want to feel liberated and hopeful, this is for you.
- If you've tried all sorts of modalities and techniques to figure out and fix what feels wrong, but you still feel stuck, this is for you.
- If you want to experience a rich and fun exploration into your musical nature, this is for you.
- If you want to feel the delight of expressing yourself musically, creatively and spontaneously, this is for you!
- If you want to work with someone who has navigated the profound challenges of creative improvisation, this is for you.
- If you are ready to dig deeper into your own creative process, this is for you.
- If you feel stuck in your life or your relationship, and want to inject creativity and new possibility into your world, this is for you.
- If you are willing to spend a small amount of time regularly playing and trying new things on a musical instrument, this is for you.
WHO THIS IS NOT FOR
- If you want to learn music theory, this is NOT for you.
- If you want to learn to read music, this is NOT for you.
- If you want to learn other people's songs, this is NOT for you.
- If you like to be told what's right and wrong, this is NOT for you.
- If you don't see the value in being still and listening, this is NOT for you.
You can now inhabit your musicality more deeply with
(Also available for two (2) people together (e.g. friends, partners, parent/child). Call for details.)
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
I can appreciate why you may have that belief, and why that can feel discouraging.
Sound YourSelf Coaching is centered in the idea that music, vibration, sound, life, simply Is. If your heart is beating, then there is rhythm in you, and if you can talk, then you sing.
This course is about evoking YOUR music, which is closer to you than you may think.
Yes, it can help you a lot. Indeed, this is the background I had that pulled me to creating this approach in the first place. It can be challenging, but it can be done. And it is an incredibly wonderful way to grow and step into aspects of yourself that may have been hiding BECAUSE of what you know. It's tricky, but definitely worthwhile. :-)
I originally created the Sound YourSelf framework with piano in mind. Because of the pitch range, layout and unique versatility of that instrument, even beginner piano players can be creating surprisingly beautiful music within this four and a half months.
Fortunately for those of you would like to have this type of experience on another instrument, the core foundation and principles of Sound YourSelf are applicable for any type of musical expression, including guitar, Native American flute, drumming and singing!
So, regardless of the instrument you want to improvise on with more confidence and ease, Sound YourSelf Coaching will deepen that relationship.
My full intention is to support you in satisfying your desire to improvise on piano (or selected other instruments) with confidence and ease.
The program is designed to be engaging and inspiring throughout, but as in any learning journey there are hills and valleys. If you bring your concerns to me when they arise, we can address them with the clear aim of nourishing and supporting your success.
And of course, some of the success depends on you. :-) We engage in a collaborative process here, and it can only really work if we both offer ourselves to it with mind, heart and spirit.
That said, if within 45 days from the commitment of your purchase you have participated in the program as recommended and decide it is not helping you achieve your goals, you may request and receive a full refund.
Bottom line is I want you to LOOVE this experience!
Feel free to reach out to us by clicking on the Help button in the lower right-hand corner of this screen and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. We do our best to respond within 12 hours, but it can sometimes be 24. Thanks for your interest and we look forward to connecting with you soon.
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