I am accepting new students now, particularly those who are interested in the practice of music as a yoga, or spiritual practice. Please contact me if you are interested in exploring further. I can work with you via Skype, or in person, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I am also available for master classes and workshops.


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Musicians are Keepers of Frequency

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Music is the language of resonance. As with any language, music is a medium for the transmission of information, and in the case of music, the information transmitted is frequency-based. This means it has the power to impact the entire system of a human being, not to mention plants, animals, all living things, and ultimately even the entire planet, and universe. As musicians we should be in awe of the responsibility of this, as well as the possibilities.

So, the first thing to remember is that your music will faithfully transmit whatever frequency you vibrate at. If we look at Dr. David Hawkins' chart of the frequencies of different states of consciousness, we will see very quickly, that the lowest vibrations are those of guilt, apathy, fear, anger, and so forth, and that the highest states are love, and bliss. In between are the states related to mental capacities, reason, courage, acceptance, willingness, and so forth.
For a brief explanation of this, and Dr. Hawkins' work click here.

So the question is, what would you like to transmit to the world through your music? Just as you have to tune your instrument before playing, you also must tune the instrument of your physical and spiritual vehicle, as part of your musical process. Once the instrument is in tune, then you can play. And there is a reason it is called "playing" music.It is complete joy, free, and has the potential for complete healing, of yourself and others.

So i encourage you to make your practice of music a yoga, a spiritual practice. True, it can be entertaining, and fun, as well. But it has SO much more potential than that, both for yourself, and as your gift to others. Music is as important as air or food. We already have enough toxic air and food. Let's not fill the world with any more toxic music. Music has the capacity to heal, literally. Let's heal the world through music. The Earth will be grateful.

1. Be here in the body, present.
2. Listen
3. Be conscious space
4. Be connected in your KA (the infinite space above the crown of the head)
5. Learn and master the language of music
6. Participate joyfully
7. Do something different

Contrary to popular belief, it is not possible to "play piano overnight". If this is what you are interested in, this is not the place for you. Plenty of people will promise you this, but just like it is not possible to master a language overnight, music will only yield its rewards with consistent applied attention and dedication. Yes, maybe overnight you will learn to say "hello, how are you?" in a language, but to have an intelligent conversation will require a lot more dedication. This doesn't mean that the entire process cannot be rewarding, however, nor that daily progress cannot be made. The journey is way more important than the goal, so no need to be in a hurry. Make each step with joy and attention, and you will progress.

As an instrumentalist, the goal is for the instrument to be an extension of the body/mind/spirit, and to remove any obstruction between infinite inspiration and the expression of that in "real time". So we think of all of our practice as a purification and removal of obstacles, rather than adding something more to your already too complicated self. So the daily practice period becomes one of centering and relaxation, listening, embodying spaciousness, and then entering into the creative space slowly and deliberately.

©Kit Walker 2011

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here is what i offer:

Piano Instruction:

The piano technique of inspiration: passed on to me by Mme. Margaret Chaloff, a world renowned Boston based piano teacher, a classical musician who nonetheless taught many of the most prominent pianists in jazz, including Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett. This is a piano technique passed down for many generations from the Russian masters, that is based upon the breath. "Inspiration" means to "breathe in". Without intelligent application of the breath to playing an instrument, there can be no basis for true inspiration. This technique involves very specific hand exercises, as well as ways to practice with total body awareness and requires direct guidance. It also requires a real instrument, one with vibrating strings, as it is the art of creating pure tone at the piano. Digital pianos do not respond to this technique, although it brings many other benefits besides the singing tone, such as relaxation, accuracy, dynamic range, etc.. With this technique we will learn to create a "singing tone" at the piano, and reduces the possibility of hand and wrist injuries from wrong practice habits. The technique can be applied to other acoustic instruments as well.

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The Language of Music:


This covers more than just music theory, although theory is included in it. We will look in depth at how to create coherent phrases, improvisations, and compositions, using the building blocks of intervals, scales, chord structures, and melodic phrases, as well as rhythmic development. To be eloquent and poetic with a language requires an advanced understanding of words, grammar, and a skill with combining the sounds of the words and phrases. Music is no different. It is based upon natural laws of vibration starting with the harmonic series. Each note carries a universe of resonance. The process of improvising and composing is a dance with those natural laws.

And then, as in any language, one must have something to say. In order to have something to say one must be awake and alive. Otherwise there will just be a repetition of something heard in sleep, a mechanical echo, and this gives rise to "music pollution", which is the byproduct of the corporate culture, which is not a culture at all. Music pollution is the product of ego-world, more concerned with appearance than content, and then more concerned with content than the space in which it arises. So ultimately the practice of music becomes a life-practice, a sacred life work that involves the total being. Your music will faithfully reflect and communicate whatever your condition, no matter how much you try to not be who you are. As you awaken to the Reality beyond form and name, your music will communicate that wholeness.

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Keyboard Harmony for Producers:

There are many musicians now in the role of "producer", who have perhaps some keyboard skills, but would like a more complete understanding, but don't have aspirations to be full-on keyboardists. Many productions require very simple keyboard voicings and arrangements, but there are many ways to bring your unique flavor to the tonal palette, if you have an in-depth understanding of chord voicings and inversions, and contrapuntal techniques as well. We will also explore the element of color in composition and arrangement.

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Composition and Improvisation:

*in depth improvisation exercises, designed to break you out of your patterns into the realm of infinite permutation and invention.

*the art of unlimited creativity. we will explore how to consistently come up with inspired and timeless music.

*counterpoint and the art of writing "pure" melody. Counterpoint is the art of combining two or more melodic lines simultaneously.
Understanding counterpoint helps your music have a more fluid and horizontal expansion, where harmonies are more implied and less "literal" or frozen in time
than vertically arranged block chords.

*rhythmic exercises that explore the foundations of rhythm beyond any style or genre.
We also will explore the process of embodying rhythm, so the music can really swing, and feel good, to you and to others.
Even the most simple and peaceful music has an internal pulse, much like the heartbeat, that makes it truly alive.
In fact, even a single tone has a pulse.
Every subdivision of rhythm has a very specific function or effect,
that affects the body differently.

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Computer recording, composition, arranging, and rhythm programming.

I am fluent in Pro Tools, Logic Audio, Ableton Live, and many other music software programs.
I am also available as a consultant and instructor of these software programs.

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Ensemble Instruction:

the art of playing together with others. learn to embody space through the ears, through listening, so that you hear the music as a whole, what each other musician is playing as well as what you are playing.
Then your playing can organically evolve with the music, rather than fighting it, or competing. The music plays itself, the musicians are passengers on a magic carpet.

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The Art of Originality:

How to develop an original voice through your instrument, and compositions.
This is a practice of the whole being. We will explore ways of incorporating meditative practice into your practice of music, to bring presence and enjoyment and musicality to all aspects of practice.

This has nothing to do with "new age" practices, or "new age" music. It can be applied to all styles. We will, however, explore the process of embodying space and silence while playing and composing, because music without silence is only half music.

Each initial consultation also includes an astrological reading, with emphasis on your creative process. We will explore your strengths and challenges on the road to developing your own sound.
Knowing your astrology also helps me understand better what approaches will work for you, and helps you understand better your creative path.

Please
contact me if you are interested in exploring music in this way.
We can set up a course of study specifically for you.
I can work over Skype, or in person.