I know you want to be tuned in


...with your creative genius and authentically expressing your truth.


I believe you are capable of much more than you think.


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.


When's the last time you were a teacup?


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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       to     Unleash it!



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.

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Arden Perez

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!

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Holly M. Paar

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!

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Marie-Noël Générau

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!

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Jimmy Miller

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

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