Want to move from 

    Frustration...

Access your intuition reliably

explore your natural musicality

play It Your way

Want to move from Frustration...

Access your intuition reliably

explore your natural musicality

play It Your way

Do any of these ring a bell?

  • Do you ever get surprised or disappointed with yourself for some of the things you say and do (or DON'T say and do)?
  • Would you like to express yourself with more authenticity, compassion, and genuine power?
  • Deep down, do you feel somehow stuck or unfulfilled or feel like you are somehow more than this, but you can't figure out how to get from here to there?
  • Do you know you should meditate more regularly, but... you just don't?!

and...

  • Have you ever wished you could sit at a piano, improvise something out of the blue, and make it sing?
  • Can you imagine exploring and expressing your internal complexities by playing them out compassionately and honestly in sound?
  • What if the piano could be a treasured ally in mindful presence, courageous reflection, and childlike playfulness?!!

Do any of these ring a bell?

  • Do you ever get surprised or disappointed with yourself for some of the things you say and do (or DON'T say and do)?
  • Would you like to express yourself with more authenticity, compassion, and genuine power?
  • Deep down, do you feel somehow stuck or unfulfilled or feel like you are somehow more than this, but you can't figure out how to get from here to there?
  • Do you know you should meditate more regularly, but... you just don't?!

and...

  • Have you ever wished you could sit at a piano, improvise something out of the blue, and make it sing?
  • Can you imagine exploring and expressing your internal complexities by playing them out compassionately and honestly in sound?
  • What if the piano could be a treasured ally in mindful presence, courageous reflection, and childlike playfulness?!!

Could SoundYourSelf

be a key to your mastery?

What you get...

a one-of-a-kind program carefully crafted to:


  • give you solid training & support for your creative journey,
  • strengthen your inner creative connection,
  • access to evoke fresh potential you may have never imagined,
  • enhance your self-awareness, grace, compassion, and adaptability.

3 sessions/month

You get reliable, ongoing support with a guided, grounded and well-paced process to get you through the inevitable ups and downs.


And Reflection and Integration Week deepens and sustains your transformation.

holy trinity of improv

Learn to improvise music (and your life) masterfully, mindfully and musically.

t.a.p. the takeaways

Guideposts, inspiration and prompts for each session detailing specific steps for your focus throughout the process.


Experience improvisation in a new context.


Connect and reimagine fresh possibilities all along the way.

bi-weekly group calls

Join into bi-weekly calls with others working with SoundYourSelf.


You're not alone in any of this.  It's reassuring when someone asks your question perfectly or empathizes with your experience.

5-point alignment 

This tool assesses how connected you are with your creative source.

Develop your awareness of the quality of your creative connection in any given moment.

Then use the 7-Step Tuneup (→) to resync.

Vibe tribe membership

Swap stories with your traveling companions, explore together, access members-only content, enjoy discounts on future goodies, and receive and offer support along the way.

7-step tuneup

This tool reconnects you to your creative source energy at any time.

Learn the confidence of knowing the 7 things to DO to consciously and proactively tune back in to your inspiration, intuition and creative genius.

What you get...

a one-of-a-kind program carefully crafted to:


  • give you solid training & support for your creative journey,
  • strengthen your inner creative connection,
  • access to evoke fresh potential you may have never imagined,
  • enhance your self-awareness, grace, compassion, and adaptability.

3 sessions/month

You get reliable, ongoing support with a guided, grounded and well-paced process to get you through the inevitable ups and downs.


And Reflection and Integration Week deepens and sustains your transformation.

holy trinity of improv

Learn to improvise music (and your life) masterfully, mindfully and musically.

t.a.p. the takeaways

Guideposts, inspiration and prompts for each session outlining the Touchstone, Application, and Practice for your focus.


Experience improvisation in a larger context and connect and reconfigure different aspects of yourself as you would most prefer.

bi-weekly group calls

Join into bi-weekly calls with others working with SoundYourSelf.


You're not alone in any of this.  It's reassuring when someone asks your question perfectly or empathizes with your experience.

5-point alignment 

This tool assesses how connected you are with your creative source.

Develop your awareness of the quality of your creative connection in any given moment.

Then use the 7-Step Tuneup (→) to resync.

Searchable VIDEO

Easily find and review moments from coaching sessions, online courses, and Question Sessions.

Focus less on "locking onto" information being presented and more on deep listening.

Vibe tribe membership

Swap stories with your traveling companions, explore together, access members-only content, enjoy discounts on future goodies, and receive and offer support along the way.

7-step tuneup

This tool reconnects you to your creative source energy at any time.

Learn the confidence of knowing the 7 things to DO to consciously and proactively tune back in to your inspiration, intuition and creative genius.

explore playing online

We are currently exploring the possibility of being able to play together online!

Imagine playing music, in time and in sync, with others over the internet!  This is a game-changer, for sure!

What would it feel like to be able to...

Sit at a piano and play your heart out!

Make something up on the spot.

Play for a while at a friend's party.

Explore your own inner landscape.

Speak through music.

It's easier than you think!

My family name is Daniel Barber.

My spirit name is Two Trees.

I started on piano at 4, early enough prep for a thoroughly musical life, but in my teenage years I also became obsessed with bringing healing justice and love into the world. 

Through 20 years spent in social work, quantitative social systems research, computing tech support, video production for nonprofits, and political activism, I collaborated with many incredible people addressing lots of piercing and potent questions.

One that keeps on intriguing and inspiring me is “How do we get from where we are now to where we most want to be?”

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For those 20 years, I didn’t play much music at all. I wanted to get to the piano and teach myself to improvise, but I kept hitting walls and didn’t know where to turn for help, so I kept setting it aside.

I learned all too well the regret of so many years having passed without really playing.

In 2001, I was inspired to come back to the piano and began playing professionally.  I went full-time playing music in 2006 and along the way I've learned quite a bit about learning as an adult and about improvisation (both musical and theatrical).

I've come to see that not only is music improvisation fun and engaging, it offers unique insights into how to get from where we are now to where we most want to be.

And THAT is worth learning!

Founder, I Am Sound

What folks are saying...

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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.

Jimmy Miller

So glad I came

I really didn't have a good idea of what I was getting into, but I am so glad I came. Love your openness to each person.

Pegge Saylor

Magical contribution to personal growth

The Sound Yourself Piano Improv approach that Daniel’s Divine Design & Timing has gifted our globe, has magically contributed to my personal growth. Here is my context:

I am highly intuitive in my role as an Energy Resonance Practitioner. Listening, sensing, and expressing in flow with others is easy. This same trusting, intuitive flow has been very difficult to access when I write and play piano. My creative spontaneity ‘short circuited’ due to sounds and sensations from critical ‘perfectionist programming’.

Daniel’s brilliant approach to TAP into our innate expressive ease through the medium of music has been a joy to engage. I am Listening, Feeling, and Playing / Writing / Speaking from a peaceful neurological presence.

Donna Wolf - Energy Resonance Practitioner

Almost shocked at what I was able to accomplish

I have zero desire (or time or patience) to learn to read music or learn to play piano in a traditional way. These tools gave me the ability to 'play' piano in about an hour... Slow and steady. But what came out of the piano sounded really nice to my ears (and family's ears as well)

Just do it. If you've ever wanted to play piano these 60 minutes might be your shortcut ticket to making lovely sounds come from a piano! I practiced an hour last night and was almost shocked at what I was able to accomplish. First practice sesssion

Tony Pascone

Such a f***g good coach!

I was a one-on-one consultant, which was coaching before there was a coaching word, for 30 years. I've worked with a lot of coaches. I've trained a lot of coaches. We've got healers here who also do coaching. ... I just have to say, you are such a f***g good coach! You really are so good at what you do. You have such a skill in listening and caring for your students. It's just, it's a blessing to work with you. Thank you.

Kelle Olwyler - Retired Management Consultant

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).

Marie-Noël Générau

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!

Marie-Noël Générau

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.

Arden Perez

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.

Ben Brill

Feeling as if the intentions were respected and perhaps, could be a reality

I especially liked the way Daniel kept going back to the goals/intentions that we wished to manifest. It was a theme that he kept referring to and it kept me on track, feeling as if the intentions were respected and perhaps, could be a reality, with our tenacity and persistence,...and patience! which are all the same, in a sense!

Christine Westfeldt

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.

Paul Heumiller

Very liberating!

These lessons have taught me to play and listen and enjoy the music that comes out of my heart and soul. very liberating! I feel more confident now when I sit at the piano. Practicing for 10 minutes per day opened the door to seeing how easy it is to accomplish other tasks if I concentrate and have awareness and good intention. Centering myself and becoming aware of what I hear and what is going on around me has become a way of life.

Anne Mullin

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!

Ike Sloan

I found myself wanting to contribute some of what I have learned

I realize (again) that I cannot change someone else. At least not directly. All I can do is hold a loving space...and wait. It is different. I expected much greater unease about my musical stupidity. Instead, I found myself wanting to contribute some of what I have learned by being open to change.. I was amazed that within a period of ten hours, each if us was comfortable enough to reveal who we think we are. Good job.

Roger Beaumont

Freedom!

It’s opened up a "whole nother" world for me. It’s like my brain cells are saying, “hey cell mates, we just got the key to unlock the iron door, so let’s bust outta here and head for the 'fields.' Freedom!”

… I don't even have to know what key I’m playing in. I can just put all that aside.

Karen Gaughan

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.

Bill Byrne

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.

Bill Byrne

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.

Dana Williams

Finding pearls

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.

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.

Ronesa Roswood

In the moment

It is like a meditation where you sit to clear your mind and stop it from thinking or judging or analyzing and you just let it happen. In the moment. And whatever happens, it just is. It just comes out. And it’s okay. Truly. I’m not kidding. Genius.

Karen Gaughan

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!

Katrina Chappell

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)

Pegge Saylor

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.

Pegge Saylor

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 :)

Lisa W.

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!

Holly M. Paar

A practice of acceptance

It's a real blessing to be able to shorten the time between something unexpected happening and being able to accept it"....I LOVE this and it's so true. I even heard it in relation to the unexpected death of my father when I was 8 years old (that's half a century ago) because even after all these years there are still slivers of shock and grief that sometimes show up. As he was very musical and played the piano a lot, it seems perfect for me to practise being able to accept whatever arises as I allow a flow of notes to move through me to the piano.

Clare P

It's easier than you think / rewarding experience practically guaranteed!

Good pace of instruction, great concept, fun to apply.

Using this method, I felt less intimidated of keys with lots of sharps and flats than I would have using traditional theory and scales.

It's easier than you think, and the likelihood of this being a rewarding experience is practically guaranteed!

Ben Brill

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!

Arden Perez

What kind of world do we want to live in?

For me, these 3 sessions gave a glimpse into the world of sound and community as an inspiration towards manifesting the desires that many of us vocalized in the group that was present. What kind of world do we want to live in? A few of the desires/intentions were for: silence, acceptance of others, mutual trust, sustainably open hearts, respect for Mother Earth, healing of communities, willingness to cooperate, forgiveness, and collarless dogs, which I take as a metaphor for the freedom to be who we truly are. (Celebrate like someone forgot to close the gate!).

The three 1 and1/2 hour sessions facilitated by Daniel at Jubilee in June of 2018 also only deepened my one on one experience of individual training with him, first with the drum, now with the piano.. They gave a deeper understanding of what is means to Listen carefully, Feel Deeply, and Play...with sound (drum/piano) and metaphorically!

Christine Westfeldt

Surprise your friends and family

I feel like it's pretty effortless to make some really nice sounds with your system. In fact, I sat down last night and started playing some things that I like. My daughter came into the room and gave me a hug. I asked why and she said she heard me playing and thought it was my wife (who can play the piano very well). When she saw it was me, she was moved to give me a hug.

Vic Garlock

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.

Roger Beaumont

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!

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.

Dana Williams

I've seen just about every method there is...

I was a full-time piano teacher for 5 years, I've seen just about every method there is, and I've never seen anything like this. Did no one genuinely figure this out before Daniel? Perhaps we should call this the Barber method...

Now I do it for just 10 mins a day. It starts messy, then it gets musical, then it gets deep. Often I cry. And music starts to flow through me again. Like it used to. I'm not making mistakes any more. I'm staying effortlessly within key. It's like he's helped me get back into the heart of music. Thank you Daniel. Thank you thank you thank you.

You deserve to have this in your life!

I believe this course is suited to anyone who has even the tiniest interest in playing music. This is not just about playing the piano. It sure is a really fun and engaging way to break down some of those childhood voices that say, "I am not smart enough, or good enough to do this" You deserve to have this in your life! It is a precious gift that keeps on giving!

Anne Mullin

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!

Katrina Chappell

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!

Jimmy Miller

A big leap for me, very empowering and nurturing

I LOVED being in contact with the group in our weekly phone calls. It fed my commitment to actively doing the course. On a personal level, sharing and being witnessed was such a big leap for me, very empowering and nurturing.
Such a precious space to be in! 1. Open-minded people who are willing to dare to do something outside the box. 2. Self confidence, courage (trying something unknown, trusting the process, vulnerability in sharing with others) It's fun!

Evelyn Schubert

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!!

Paul Heumiller

Without action there is no creation

I am eternally grateful to Daniel Barber for his guidance, patience, and humor. His way of teaching allows for each person to proceed at their own pace. The progress is all up to the individual. I have learned that without action there is no creation. Enjoy!

Anne Mullin

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.

Marie-Noël Générau

Don't know what, why, or how and that's great!

My brain shifted … I don’t know what, why, or how and that’s absolutely Great. Whatever is taking place within my Unified SoulMindBody Field is brilliant and looooonnnggg prayed for. Benefits are Present in my newsletter and brochure … a Miracle of ‘publicly voicing my Self’.

Donna Wolf - Energy Resonance Practitioner

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.

Ronesa Roswood

Interesting and exciting!

Yes, it’s a wonderful course, concise and very easy to follow along! It’s very interesting and exciting to learn how to improvise beautiful sounds without any prior learning experience with the piano. This approach allows you to explore and improvise music in a new way using your intuitive abilities. As a Qigong instructor and a soon-to-be Medical Intuitive, I can’t wait to use it as part of a sound healing process. Thank you, Daniel Barber, for creating this innovative approach!

Fabienne Louis

Ease that allows for imperfection

Daniel teaches with an ease that allows for imperfection that ties into every emotion I feel. I have worked with Chloe Goodchild, delving into how voicing sound is also a healing tool. It was really wonderful to take that practice to the piano and expand my awareness.

Anne Mullin

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!

Anne McKenzie

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!

Ronesa Roswood

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!!!

Anne McKenzie

Hidden value

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.

Arden Perez

...for so many reasons!

I'd recommend it to anyone wishing to listen and express one's inner music, have fun with the piano (even without learning to play the piano before) and get to know oneself better.

Marie-Noël Générau

Music as a reflection

I am allowing the music to reflect what is going on inside and the world around me. Yes! When self-doubt creeps in or I get nervous, angry, or confused, I take that to the piano and play it out!

Anne Mullin

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.

Tyler Martin

[Recommend?] 100%. Wonderful time spent with Daniel

[Would you recommend this approach?] 100%. Wonderful time spent with Daniel understanding this way to learn improvisational piano!

I suppose the first word that comes to mind is clever and visual. I learn best with visual cues and (this) was a really easy way for my mind to wrap around the concepts.

Tony Pascone

It goes beyond piano playing

Also, noticing patterns in how I approach things, do things, perceive things--just really confirms who I am and have always been. Also envisioning other possibilities............ It goes beyond piano playing, can be challenging to self, but ever so enriching.

Doors have been opened..........lots! wide! Thank you for persistently being there! Thank me for finally diving in!

Evelyn Schubert

Delighting in discovery

Daniel reminds us that we have permission to BE Curious about what is moving through us & give it voice. Sounding musically, we are freely delighting in discovery.

Donna Wolf - Energy Resonance Practitioner

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.

Katrina Chappell

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.

Bill Byrne

Listening more deeply -> pure joy!

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... there are times now when I actually feel lost in the music... in the vibrational field that surrounds me.....and that is pure joy!

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.

Jimmy Miller

My relationship to music and my family was so much better.

Before working with Daniel I felt disconnected from most things in my life. I just was not sure what I wanted to focus on. Daniel was recommended by a dear friend of mine. I trust her so it was a no-brainer. I am not a piano player. I had an interest in his method because it sounded so doable.

As I progressed, I noticed that the more confident I became, my relationship to music and my family was so much better. The relation between the piano as a way to really express what I hear and feel has been revelatory.

Anne Mullin

Nothing to fear here

Just do it! There is nothing to fear here. If there is, you get to play that out on the piano.

Anne Mullin

Nobody gets left behind!

I appreciate Daniel for all the love and dedication he has shown in this course. I am honored to be a part of the Vibe Tribe. Nobody gets left behind!

He is a caring and great teacher.

Thank You, Daniel!

Anne Mullin

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...

Bill Byrne

So now I'm playing!!!

I wanted to play piano again and make it FUN! (and learn to improvise without making it complicated!) So now I'm playing!!!

Evelyn Schubert

Something I only dreamed of

Do it! Absolutely embrace the fact that yes, after a mere hour, you will be able to improv in 12 keys. It's something I only ever dreamed of doing, and now when I sit at the piano, I'm able to dig right in--with gusto!

When I sit down at the piano now, it's no longer this strange mystery. It has form and structure, and I know it.

How easy it was, and how well I could remember it days, weeks and months later.

Holly M. Paar

"I could never play that thing."

This course would be good for anyone who ever looked at a piano and said, " I could never play that thing." Daniel has created a program that is so easy to follow. It does not require knowing theory or looking at notes on a page. Very beginner-friendly and I have witnessed people who have been classically trained having so much fun discovering new ways too.

Anne Mullin

I am not a musician and I expected....

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!

Anutosh Rob Luka

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!

Dana Williams

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?

Karen Gaughan

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?

Marie-Noël Générau

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.

Marie-Noël Générau

Is there a framework for this program?

Here are the themes for the 12 foundational modules of the SoundYourSelf system.

01.

Your perspective is legit, unique and essential
  • How can you get more ideas and inspiration for what to play?
  • How can you tap into deeper levels of flow, wisdom and support?
  • In this session, you'll find grounding in The Music as an emanation of reality itself (the source of it all!).
The Music

(Life, the Universe, and Everything)

02.

Change one thing, change everything
  • How can you reorient yourself more deeply, more consistently, more reliably, more subtly to music, and connect with and express your own music?
  • How can you do the next moment, tomorrow, your future with more attentiveness, more care?
  • In this session, you'll learn to connect to the power of pulse as a foundational sonic expression.
Pulse

(Setting / Energy)

03.

Universe of possibility
  • Now that you've expressed some raw, primordial energy, how can you express more complexity and nuance?
  • How might awareness of pulse and pitch help you navigate my day and express yourself more accurately and authentically?
  • In this session you'll explore pitch as a primordial doorway for acknowledging and expressing difference.
Pitch

(Diversity)

04.

Playing the fields
  • How can you expand your palette of pitches on piano in a way you can easily understand?
  • What if you don't like your job, your relationship, your situation. Is it possible that genuine, meaningful change may be easier than you've thought?
  • In this session, you'll learn a unique and innovative way of perceiving the piano keyboard that will make it MUCH easier to navigate, in all 12 keys.
All Keys

(Flexibility)

05.

Ground of mood
  • How can you convey emotions? What do you do with the left hand?
  • How can I create a different emotional context for myself/others?
  • In this session, you'll deepen into the power of a single bass note to set the tone for everything else above it.
Bass

(Mood)

06.

Story time
  • How can you communicate more of the details and/or the chronological progression of your experience?
  • How can you nourish appreciation of the flow of different experiences and emotional states across time?
  • In this session, you'll learn to use pitch differences sequentially to tell a story with feeling and essence.
Melody

(Journey)

07.

Both sides now
  • Playing both hands at once may seem almost impossible. How can you learn to do this and also be musical as you learn?
  • You may have many conflicting feelings. How can you marry these opposing sides of yourself?
  • In this session, you'll learn to put both hands together manageably and musically.  You'll discover the process can be fun and your results surprising!
Right and Left Hands

(Sacred Marriage)

08.

Sound of silence
  • How can you add more rests, silences in your music in a way that adds depth, nuance, texture, interest, richness?
  • When you're feeling overwhelmed, how can you disengage and simply "be" with presence?
  • In this session, we'll look at the liberating power of silence to make everything better for you, musically and otherwise.
Playing Silence

(Stillness / Depth)

09.

Two become one
  • You'll be feeling more familiarity now with the notes.  How can you make your music more deeply engaging?
  • How might this "interval" metaphor help you reimagine my relationships with particular Others?
  • In this session, we'll explore more deeply some ways music can inform larger aspects of your life, especially around relationship.
Intervals

(Relationship)

10.

Surprise!
  • Are you more complicated than what you've been able to express so far on piano?  How then might you express some of that richness and complexity at this one-time stage of your development?
  • How can you incorporate more openness to surprise in your life, and even consciously create it?
  • In this session, we will explore how "groove" expresses surprise and delight in you (and your listeners).  It's part of you, and part of us all.
Rhythm and Groove

(Movement)

11.

Community
  • Life is complex, there's a lot going on. You want to express that abundance, in ways that are listenable and attractive. How can you do that?
  • You know it's not all about you, or any single relationship. How can you express the richness of community in all its forms?
  • In this session, we'll open the gates to more complex harmony and abundance.  You'll learn to manage this expansion with surprising ease and delight!
Chords

(Complexity)

12.

New dimension
  • How can you pull all these things together in a way that you feel more mastery over all these musical possibilities? How can you enrich your musical expression?
  • How can these musical ideas help you express yourself more fully? What is the next step in this creative journey?
  • In this session, we'll explore another dimension of musicality we haven't focused on yet - Dynamics.  This is also innate and you wan't have any trouble understanding it. Incorporating this into your playing will enhance and enrich everything dramatically.
  • In this session, we'll open the gates to more complex harmony and abundance.  You'll learn to manage this expansion with surprising ease and delight!
Dynamics

(Variable intensity)

Unleash Your Potential

on Piano -- and Elsewhere!

Unleash Your Potential

on Piano -- and Elsewhere!

Why SoundYourSelf?

Why invest your time and resources

in SoundYourSelf 

instead of elsewhere?

Why invest your time and resources

in SoundYourSelf 

instead of elsewhere?

SoundYourSelf is unique:

  • You're liberated to create with confidence in no time - you quickly learn a revolutionary way to know which notes to play (in any key) that will sound good together.
  • You learn piano improv AND new ways to relate with yourself and othersbecause SoundYourSelf incorporates wisdom and perspectives from Compassionate Communication and Inner Empathy work, personal and ritual process work, improv theatre, and decades of group and personal growth work.
  • You practice a mindfulness meditation AS you actively engage in creating and "doing" something.  It is simultaneously active, passive, self-reflective and self-expressive.
  • It offers the opportunity to practice relationship skills while you are by yourself.
  • Because you are creating non-verbal sound, you can express yourself out loud, which can be cathartic, and also hear the sound coming "from" the piano and feel "heard."
  • It is a unique space that invites you to explore your inner world safely and courageously beyond your comfort zone.

It's not only about...


MUSIC

Most music training you'll find anywhere, even the cool approaches online, involve either learning the map of music and/or learning other peoples' music.

SoundYourSelf involves neither of those.

And, SoundYourSelf is about MUCH MORE than playing music.

So is it about playing yourself?

Yes, but that doesn't quite capture it, either. It's about helping you learn how you play life, and then learning to play it the way you really want to.

It's a deep dive into your patterns, habits, thoughts, reactions and responses in different situations. And then you can try out different next steps to create whole new possibilities and experiences going forward.

The music is a way of evaluating whether those experiments are working. In general, your innate musicality can let you know whether what you are playing aligns with your truth or not.

That's a big plus about incorporating music in this process. It's a tool for assessing how well you're doing with your decisions and actions.

MYSTERY

Many spiritual teachings involve some practice for experiencing some "transcendent" reality, harvesting something of value, and bringing it back to the "ordinary" world.

The work and play of SoundYourSelf is grounded in both worlds.

While this work draws on and has similarities with some of the practices and teachings of various mystery traditions, SoundYourSelf is accessible, available and affordable.

Also, in addition to the spiritual connection you can nurture with this work, being able to play engaging music on the spot is pretty nice, too!

IMPROVISATION

When you run across the word "improvisation," you might think of comedy improv with roaring audiences or some high-level jazz playing.

SoundYourSelf isn't just about coming up with something that could entertain or dazzle an audience.

It's about stepping into the unknowns within yourself and finding ways to express something of your truth.

The only audience you need to be playing to is you. And therein lies the grace and also, often, the challenge!

Learning to navigate THAT dynamic is at the heart of SoundYourSelf.

And not only do you get to enjoy the exploration into the unknown, you get to enjoy the sounds you make along the way. So it really isn't a performance experience at all, quite the contrary, it's an informance!

MUSIC

Most music training you'll find anywhere, even the cool approaches online, involve either learning the map of music and/or learning other peoples' music.

SoundYourSelf involves neither of those.

And, SoundYourSelf is about MUCH MORE than playing music.

So is it about playing yourself?

Yes, but that doesn't quite capture it, either. It's about helping you learn how you play life, and then learning to play it the way you really want to.

It's a deep dive into your patterns, habits, thoughts, reactions and responses in different situations. And then you can try out different next steps to create whole new possibilities and experiences going forward.

The music is a way of evaluating whether those experiments are working. In general, your innate musicality can let you know whether what you are playing aligns with your truth or not.

That's a big plus about incorporating music in this process. It's a tool for assessing how well you're doing with your decisions and actions.

MYSTERY

Many spiritual teachings involve some practice for experiencing some "transcendent" reality, harvesting something of value, and bringing it back to the "ordinary" world.

The work and play of SoundYourSelf is grounded in both worlds.

While this work draws on and has similarities with some of the practices and teachings of various mystery traditions, SoundYourSelf is accessible, available and affordable.

Also, in addition to the spiritual connection you can nurture with this work, being able to play engaging music on the spot is pretty nice, too!

IMPROVISATION

When you run across the word "improvisation," you might think of comedy improv with roaring audiences or some high-level jazz playing.

SoundYourSelf isn't just about coming up with something that could entertain or dazzle an audience.

It's about stepping into the unknowns within yourself and finding ways to express something of your truth.

The only audience you need to be playing to is you. And therein lies the grace and also, often, the challenge!

Learning to navigate THAT dynamic is at the heart of SoundYourSelf.

And not only do you get to enjoy the exploration into the unknown, you get to enjoy the sounds you make along the way. So it really isn't a performance experience at all, quite the contrary, it's an informance!

MUSIC

Most music training you'll find anywhere, even the cool approaches online, involve either learning the map of music and/or learning other peoples' music.

SoundYourSelf involves neither of those.

And, SoundYourSelf is about MUCH MORE than playing music.

So is it about playing yourself?

Yes, but that doesn't quite capture it, either. It's about helping you learn how you play life, and then learning to play it the way you really want to.

It's a deep dive into your patterns, habits, thoughts, reactions and responses in different situations. And then you can try out different next steps to create whole new possibilities and experiences going forward.

The music is a way of evaluating whether those experiments are working. In general, your innate musicality can let you know whether what you are playing aligns with your truth or not.

That's a big plus about incorporating music in this process. It's a tool for assessing how well you're doing with your decisions and actions.

MYSTERY

Many spiritual teachings involve some practice for experiencing some "transcendent" reality, harvesting something of value, and bringing it back to the "ordinary" world.

The work and play of SoundYourSelf is grounded in both worlds.

While this work draws on and has similarities with some of the practices and teachings of various mystery traditions, SoundYourSelf is accessible, available and affordable.

Also, in addition to the spiritual connection you can nurture with this work, being able to play engaging music on the spot is pretty nice, too!

IMPROVISATION

When you run across the word "improvisation," you might think of comedy improv with roaring audiences or some high-level jazz playing.

SoundYourSelf isn't just about coming up with something that could entertain or dazzle an audience.

It's about stepping into the unknowns within yourself and finding ways to express something of your truth.

The only audience you need to be playing to is you. And therein lies the grace and also, often, the challenge!

Learning to navigate THAT dynamic is at the heart of SoundYourSelf.

And not only do you get to enjoy the exploration into the unknown, you get to enjoy the sounds you make along the way. So it really isn't a performance experience at all, quite the contrary, it's an informance!

It's about all these,  but mostly...

It's about YOU becoming who you are capable of becoming, in all good ways.  And that's something for you AND for us all to celebrate! and to engage in together.

That's my invitation to you.  I'd love for you to join us on this journey as we struggly humans learn to say to (and with) life...

"Yes, Let's!!!"

Is SoundYourSelf right for you?

SoundYourSelf could be a good fit for you if..

  • you are tired of dealing with the same old problems and want to feel liberated and hopeful
  • you want to experience a rich and fun exploration into your musical nature
  • you want to feel the delight of expressing yourself musically, creatively and spontaneously
  • you want to work with someone who has navigated the profound challenges of creative improvisation.
  • you are ready to dig deeper into your own creative process.
  • you feel stuck in your life or your relationship, and want to inject creativity and new possibility into your world.
  • you are willing to spend a small amount of time regularly playing and trying new things on a musical instrument.

SoundYourSelf probably isn't a fit for you if...

  • you want to learn music theory.
  • you want to learn to read music.
  • you just want to learn other people's songs
  • you like to be told what's right and wrong
  • you don't see the value in being still and listening
  • you're good with your life and you don't hear a call to learn more.

SoundYourSelf is fun, enjoyable, inspiring, engaging and transformative.  

It helps A LOT if you are motivated to learn and grow.

If you're curious, this is a good place for you to come nurture your innate gifts.

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Interesting and exciting!

Yes, it’s a wonderful course, concise and very easy to follow along! It’s very interesting and exciting to learn how to improvise beautiful sounds without any prior learning experience with the piano. This approach allows you to explore and improvise music in a new way using your intuitive abilities. As a Qigong instructor and a soon-to-be Medical Intuitive, I can’t wait to use it as part of a sound healing process. Thank you, Daniel Barber, for creating this innovative approach!

Fabienne Louis

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.

Ronesa Roswood

Nothing to fear here

Just do it! There is nothing to fear here. If there is, you get to play that out on the piano.

Anne Mullin

I am not a musician and I expected....

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!

Anutosh Rob Luka

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.

Dana Williams

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.

Ben Brill

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.

Bill Byrne

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.

Paul Heumiller

Listening more deeply -> pure joy!

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... there are times now when I actually feel lost in the music... in the vibrational field that surrounds me.....and that is pure joy!

...for so many reasons!

I'd recommend it to anyone wishing to listen and express one's inner music, have fun with the piano (even without learning to play the piano before) and get to know oneself better.

Marie-Noël Générau

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!

Anne McKenzie

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!

Ronesa Roswood

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.

Katrina Chappell

Freedom!

It’s opened up a "whole nother" world for me. It’s like my brain cells are saying, “hey cell mates, we just got the key to unlock the iron door, so let’s bust outta here and head for the 'fields.' Freedom!”

… I don't even have to know what key I’m playing in. I can just put all that aside.

Karen Gaughan

Very liberating!

These lessons have taught me to play and listen and enjoy the music that comes out of my heart and soul. very liberating! I feel more confident now when I sit at the piano. Practicing for 10 minutes per day opened the door to seeing how easy it is to accomplish other tasks if I concentrate and have awareness and good intention. Centering myself and becoming aware of what I hear and what is going on around me has become a way of life.

Anne Mullin

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!

Arden Perez

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.

Bill Byrne

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...

Bill Byrne

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!

Marie-Noël Générau

Such a f***g good coach!

I was a one-on-one consultant, which was coaching before there was a coaching word, for 30 years. I've worked with a lot of coaches. I've trained a lot of coaches. We've got healers here who also do coaching. ... I just have to say, you are such a f***g good coach! You really are so good at what you do. You have such a skill in listening and caring for your students. It's just, it's a blessing to work with you. Thank you.

Kelle Olwyler - Retired Management Consultant

A big leap for me, very empowering and nurturing

I LOVED being in contact with the group in our weekly phone calls. It fed my commitment to actively doing the course. On a personal level, sharing and being witnessed was such a big leap for me, very empowering and nurturing.
Such a precious space to be in! 1. Open-minded people who are willing to dare to do something outside the box. 2. Self confidence, courage (trying something unknown, trusting the process, vulnerability in sharing with others) It's fun!

Evelyn Schubert

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!

Music as a reflection

I am allowing the music to reflect what is going on inside and the world around me. Yes! When self-doubt creeps in or I get nervous, angry, or confused, I take that to the piano and play it out!

Anne Mullin

Nobody gets left behind!

I appreciate Daniel for all the love and dedication he has shown in this course. I am honored to be a part of the Vibe Tribe. Nobody gets left behind!

He is a caring and great teacher.

Thank You, Daniel!

Anne Mullin

What kind of world do we want to live in?

For me, these 3 sessions gave a glimpse into the world of sound and community as an inspiration towards manifesting the desires that many of us vocalized in the group that was present. What kind of world do we want to live in? A few of the desires/intentions were for: silence, acceptance of others, mutual trust, sustainably open hearts, respect for Mother Earth, healing of communities, willingness to cooperate, forgiveness, and collarless dogs, which I take as a metaphor for the freedom to be who we truly are. (Celebrate like someone forgot to close the gate!).

The three 1 and1/2 hour sessions facilitated by Daniel at Jubilee in June of 2018 also only deepened my one on one experience of individual training with him, first with the drum, now with the piano.. They gave a deeper understanding of what is means to Listen carefully, Feel Deeply, and Play...with sound (drum/piano) and metaphorically!

Christine Westfeldt

I found myself wanting to contribute some of what I have learned

I realize (again) that I cannot change someone else. At least not directly. All I can do is hold a loving space...and wait. It is different. I expected much greater unease about my musical stupidity. Instead, I found myself wanting to contribute some of what I have learned by being open to change.. I was amazed that within a period of ten hours, each if us was comfortable enough to reveal who we think we are. Good job.

Roger Beaumont

Magical contribution to personal growth

The Sound Yourself Piano Improv approach that Daniel’s Divine Design & Timing has gifted our globe, has magically contributed to my personal growth. Here is my context:

I am highly intuitive in my role as an Energy Resonance Practitioner. Listening, sensing, and expressing in flow with others is easy. This same trusting, intuitive flow has been very difficult to access when I write and play piano. My creative spontaneity ‘short circuited’ due to sounds and sensations from critical ‘perfectionist programming’.

Daniel’s brilliant approach to TAP into our innate expressive ease through the medium of music has been a joy to engage. I am Listening, Feeling, and Playing / Writing / Speaking from a peaceful neurological presence.

Donna Wolf - Energy Resonance Practitioner

Ease that allows for imperfection

Daniel teaches with an ease that allows for imperfection that ties into every emotion I feel. I have worked with Chloe Goodchild, delving into how voicing sound is also a healing tool. It was really wonderful to take that practice to the piano and expand my awareness.

Anne Mullin

Surprise your friends and family

I feel like it's pretty effortless to make some really nice sounds with your system. In fact, I sat down last night and started playing some things that I like. My daughter came into the room and gave me a hug. I asked why and she said she heard me playing and thought it was my wife (who can play the piano very well). When she saw it was me, she was moved to give me a hug.

Vic Garlock

So glad I came

I really didn't have a good idea of what I was getting into, but I am so glad I came. Love your openness to each person.

Pegge Saylor

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!!

Paul Heumiller

It's easier than you think / rewarding experience practically guaranteed!

Good pace of instruction, great concept, fun to apply.

Using this method, I felt less intimidated of keys with lots of sharps and flats than I would have using traditional theory and scales.

It's easier than you think, and the likelihood of this being a rewarding experience is practically guaranteed!

Ben Brill

It goes beyond piano playing

Also, noticing patterns in how I approach things, do things, perceive things--just really confirms who I am and have always been. Also envisioning other possibilities............ It goes beyond piano playing, can be challenging to self, but ever so enriching.

Doors have been opened..........lots! wide! Thank you for persistently being there! Thank me for finally diving in!

Evelyn Schubert

So now I'm playing!!!

I wanted to play piano again and make it FUN! (and learn to improvise without making it complicated!) So now I'm playing!!!

Evelyn Schubert

A practice of acceptance

It's a real blessing to be able to shorten the time between something unexpected happening and being able to accept it"....I LOVE this and it's so true. I even heard it in relation to the unexpected death of my father when I was 8 years old (that's half a century ago) because even after all these years there are still slivers of shock and grief that sometimes show up. As he was very musical and played the piano a lot, it seems perfect for me to practise being able to accept whatever arises as I allow a flow of notes to move through me to the piano.

Clare P

Without action there is no creation

I am eternally grateful to Daniel Barber for his guidance, patience, and humor. His way of teaching allows for each person to proceed at their own pace. The progress is all up to the individual. I have learned that without action there is no creation. Enjoy!

Anne Mullin

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.

Dana Williams

I've seen just about every method there is...

I was a full-time piano teacher for 5 years, I've seen just about every method there is, and I've never seen anything like this. Did no one genuinely figure this out before Daniel? Perhaps we should call this the Barber method...

Now I do it for just 10 mins a day. It starts messy, then it gets musical, then it gets deep. Often I cry. And music starts to flow through me again. Like it used to. I'm not making mistakes any more. I'm staying effortlessly within key. It's like he's helped me get back into the heart of music. Thank you Daniel. Thank you thank you thank you.

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.

Tyler Martin

Almost shocked at what I was able to accomplish

I have zero desire (or time or patience) to learn to read music or learn to play piano in a traditional way. These tools gave me the ability to 'play' piano in about an hour... Slow and steady. But what came out of the piano sounded really nice to my ears (and family's ears as well)

Just do it. If you've ever wanted to play piano these 60 minutes might be your shortcut ticket to making lovely sounds come from a piano! I practiced an hour last night and was almost shocked at what I was able to accomplish. First practice sesssion

Tony Pascone

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!

Katrina Chappell

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?

Marie-Noël Générau

My relationship to music and my family was so much better.

Before working with Daniel I felt disconnected from most things in my life. I just was not sure what I wanted to focus on. Daniel was recommended by a dear friend of mine. I trust her so it was a no-brainer. I am not a piano player. I had an interest in his method because it sounded so doable.

As I progressed, I noticed that the more confident I became, my relationship to music and my family was so much better. The relation between the piano as a way to really express what I hear and feel has been revelatory.

Anne Mullin

In the moment

It is like a meditation where you sit to clear your mind and stop it from thinking or judging or analyzing and you just let it happen. In the moment. And whatever happens, it just is. It just comes out. And it’s okay. Truly. I’m not kidding. Genius.

Karen Gaughan

Don't know what, why, or how and that's great!

My brain shifted … I don’t know what, why, or how and that’s absolutely Great. Whatever is taking place within my Unified SoulMindBody Field is brilliant and looooonnnggg prayed for. Benefits are Present in my newsletter and brochure … a Miracle of ‘publicly voicing my Self’.

Donna Wolf - Energy Resonance Practitioner

"I could never play that thing."

This course would be good for anyone who ever looked at a piano and said, " I could never play that thing." Daniel has created a program that is so easy to follow. It does not require knowing theory or looking at notes on a page. Very beginner-friendly and I have witnessed people who have been classically trained having so much fun discovering new ways too.

Anne Mullin

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.

Bill Byrne

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)

Pegge Saylor

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.

Jimmy Miller

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.

Marie-Noël Générau

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.

Roger Beaumont

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!!!

Anne McKenzie

[Recommend?] 100%. Wonderful time spent with Daniel

[Would you recommend this approach?] 100%. Wonderful time spent with Daniel understanding this way to learn improvisational piano!

I suppose the first word that comes to mind is clever and visual. I learn best with visual cues and (this) was a really easy way for my mind to wrap around the concepts.

Tony Pascone

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.

Pegge Saylor

Feeling as if the intentions were respected and perhaps, could be a reality

I especially liked the way Daniel kept going back to the goals/intentions that we wished to manifest. It was a theme that he kept referring to and it kept me on track, feeling as if the intentions were respected and perhaps, could be a reality, with our tenacity and persistence,...and patience! which are all the same, in a sense!

Christine Westfeldt

Delighting in discovery

Daniel reminds us that we have permission to BE Curious about what is moving through us & give it voice. Sounding musically, we are freely delighting in discovery.

Donna Wolf - Energy Resonance Practitioner

You deserve to have this in your life!

I believe this course is suited to anyone who has even the tiniest interest in playing music. This is not just about playing the piano. It sure is a really fun and engaging way to break down some of those childhood voices that say, "I am not smart enough, or good enough to do this" You deserve to have this in your life! It is a precious gift that keeps on giving!

Anne Mullin

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.

Ronesa Roswood

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.

Jimmy Miller

Something I only dreamed of

Do it! Absolutely embrace the fact that yes, after a mere hour, you will be able to improv in 12 keys. It's something I only ever dreamed of doing, and now when I sit at the piano, I'm able to dig right in--with gusto!

When I sit down at the piano now, it's no longer this strange mystery. It has form and structure, and I know it.

How easy it was, and how well I could remember it days, weeks and months later.

Holly M. Paar

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!

Katrina Chappell

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).

Marie-Noël Générau

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!

Dana Williams

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 :)

Lisa W.

Finding pearls

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.

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!

Jimmy Miller

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?

Karen Gaughan

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.

Marie-Noël Générau

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!

Holly M. Paar

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.

Arden Perez

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!

Ike Sloan

Hidden value

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.

Arden Perez

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Try this SoundYourSelf experience risk free for 45 days.  If you are not feeling a deeper connection with yourself, your innate musicality and your ability to express it on the piano, contact me to let me know.  If you prefer to end the exploration at the end of 45 days, you'll receive a full refund.

Common questions

WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE ANY MUSICAL ABILITY?

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.

WILL THIS HELP IF I HAVE EXTENSIVE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE BUT I CAN'T IMPROVISE?

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. :-)

DO I HAVE TO DO THIS SOUND YOURSELF COACHING ON PIANO OR COULD DO IT WITH ANOTHER INSTRUMENT (EG. GUITAR, DRUMS, ETC.)?

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.

IS THIS PROCESS GUARANTEED TO WORK FOR ME?

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!

what if i don't have a piano/keyboard?

I'm happy to help you find a keyboard that will work for this process.  I have a resource I've put together that will lay out the important minimum characteristics and features of a piano / keyboard that will lead to a good experience for you.

It's all about connecting you with an instrument that will help you connect with your inspiration.

what if i don't have a musical bone in my body?

Oh my... I'm so sorry you feel that way, and I won't try to convince you here. 

I'll just say that, from my perspective, that belief you have doesn't come from the deepest truth of who you are.  

I encourage you to look further into this work. I think it could make a big difference for you. :-)

DIDN'T FIND THE ANSWER YOU'RE LOOKING FOR?

Feel free to reach out to us by clicking here 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 curiosity and we look forward to connecting with you soon.

Learn a path, a process, and a practice for tapping into your unique and precious gift and expressing yourself with ease, confidence and musicality.

Learn a path, a process, and a practice for tapping into your unique and precious gift and expressing yourself with ease, confidence and musicality.

Curious about SoundYourSelf private coaching for you?

The next step is to schedule a Curiosity Call with Daniel. This is a 35-45 minute call that will help us both gain clarity about what is calling you to consider this work, and about what you would most like to get from it.


Once you schedule the call, we'll send some more information and a short questionnaire to help us further clarify whether SoundYourSelf coaching is for you, and if not, what other options may be best for you.


Mostly, we are motivated by the deep desire to support you in aligning harmoniously with your truth. 


That process begins now!

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