Sound Yourself

When's the last time you were a teacup?

As children most of us freely expressed our creativity through music and play, only to find that as we got older our spark of imagination was dampened by an ongoing barrage of urgent and compelling demands.


We trained ourselves to be quieter and more obedient, as we trained our minds and bodies to strive and achieve.


Along the way many of us lost our connection with our playful and creative spirit, and nurture that again can enliven and refresh us. 


Many of us are aware that everything we think, say or sing makes its way outward in all directions (even to the stars!) and that those who encounter those sonic, ultrasonic and radiation waves are impacted by them (at whatever levels).


Scientists are also researching the impact of thoughts on our very DNA, so possibilities such as the healing potential of singing on our immune systems are becoming more plausible to consider. 

The smaller the pieces we examine, the more we seem to find ourselves immersed in a shimmering network of a reality; a vibrating web of life that we impact with every breath we take.


I'm fascinated that my love of music, my passion for social justice, and my intrigue with the interrelatedness of personal and environmental health can be considered and treated with the application of heartful sound and music.


I'm looking forward to articulating some of my thoughts on these things on this site, this blog and elsewhere. 


I'm also looking forward to playing music that amplifies these sentiments at deeper levels than words can. 


It has been a long time coming, we humans finally getting back to our sonic roots, sinking in, and bringing our full wisdom and unique gifts to bear.


Here's to NOW!

Playing the Fields

A lot of people wish they could just sit down at a piano and make some music on it. Mostly, they don't expect to ever play like Bruce Hornsby, but they want to play music that's easy on the ears and satisfying to play.


The thing is, every approach to piano instruction and improvisation I've ever seen (even the EASIEST ones) are hobbled by the old paradigm of music theory.


Playing the Fields is a radically different approach to learning how to improvise. I have scoured the net and have so far been unable to find anyone who is teaching piano with anything like this method.


At the end of the first module of this six module course, you will be able to play freely and confidently in any key. 


You will be amazed at how easily you can see and feel the keyboard, and how effortlessly you can begin “sounding yourself” musically on the piano.


Succeeding modules will a) delve more deeply into this framework, b) offer a short, simple meditation to incorporate into your piano time, and c) dramatically expand the creative possibilities for Sounding Yourself on the piano. 

You can learn and use this system regardless of your previous piano experience.


I’ve taught Playing the Fields to people who had years of classical training and also to people with very little time on a piano.


If you are familiar with playing traditionally, this approach can help you improvise more freely and confidently.


It can also instantly open creative possibilities you had never imagined.


If you are new to the piano, this will give you an “on- ramp” to the instrument that will have you playing your own musical creations right from the start.


Most other piano instruction is designed to teach people how to play somebody else’s music.  


Even improvisation instruction typically involves some perceived minimal level of theory (esp. notes, chords, common chord progressions, etc.).


With Playing the Fields, though, any student can begin improvising enjoyable music in any key by the end of the first lesson.

 

(A course in piano improv)

Imagine sitting and playing music that’s coming from your heart without worrying about sour notes.


Imagine your playing filled with tones that are always basically resonant with each other.


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Imagine playing confidently, while adventurously trying different musical ideas and finding yourself truly enjoying what you were playing and hearing.


Imagine exploring and expressing your internal world in the relative safety of a musical container, whether for yourself or others.


Playing the Fields is designed for doing that – for improvising your own music on the piano in all 12 keys freely, confidently, creatively and with deep satisfaction.


For more information, see the Online and One-on-one (limited #) options for Playing the Fields.

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I seem able to...have a less emotional perspective

I seem able to « extract » myself from the immediate drama and to have a less emotional perspective on my current situation.

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Roger Beaumont

There is a different way to deal with situations

I am more empowered to refuse to deal with conflict in a negative way.. Whether it’s in relation to a person or just random negative events that might occur in my daily life, I’m much more aware there is a different way to deal with these situations or people when they come up in my life. I will admit some people are very good at pushing my buttons! But I step back a little before I go through steps of resolving whatever issue I've been presented with.

I so enjoyed it. I like being in your physical space Daniel... you have this calm aura around you whether you are really calm I do not know, but you calm me just by your presence. Thank you for that! Plus you make my brain work 🙂

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Lisa W.

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!

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Anutosh Rob Luka

Inclusion and non-judgment

Informality, spontaneity! Everybody having a chance to participate and nothing judged. Use of body language for expression of thoughts and emotions. Variety of modalities. Very creative in making it interesting and meaningful.

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Pegge Saylor

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.

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Paul Heumiller

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