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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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

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.

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Jimmy Miller

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

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!

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Ike Sloan

Able to get to forgiveness or acceptance easier and more quickly

Find I am remembering to LISTEN, instead of rushing with my own thoughts, then listen more carefully.

More aware of what people are wishing for or needing at the time-- feeling a bit of judgement pricks me to look at the situation differently and suspend it. Am able to get to beginning forgiveness of person or acceptance of situation easier and more quickly. (Very hard or not yet attained yet re: political situations)

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Pegge Saylor

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