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 nurturing 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.

Common ways you may be curbing your creativity...



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  6 tips

   

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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.

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Ronesa Roswood

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?

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Marie-Noël Générau

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.

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Ben Brill

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?

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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.

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Bill Byrne

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