Music & Laughter – BEST Stress relievers

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david on stageStarting your own business takes money, confidence and TIME…and I mean serious amounts of TIME…oh yeah… and for those out there wanting to start a business, this is time WITHOUT being paid! For the first few years, yes, I said years, you will most likely receive no pay! OK… now why do so many do it? For me, it was my chance to be able to use my creativity without being told to stop thinking and go sit down. In addition to this need to use my brain to solve problems and come up with creative solutions, I have had an inner passion to rid my mind of the life long lack of self confidence. I have always had a deep desire to do something to help others but often lacked the confidence to put myself out there to commit myself to that goal. Really age and years of being made to feel as if I couldn’t do anything huge and successful, is what finally gave me the knowledge that not only do I have the ability to do something big, but that I have been doing BIG things for many years. So I finally had the money and the confidence and the willingness to commit the time. There is no way for anyone to understand how much time commitment this really means. It’s more than you can imagine and you WILL become tired and stressed. You will face times when being tired will weaken your focus and drive. This is why it is so important to overestimate the time commitment if you want to start your own business, especially if it’s a new unique idea where you really have no other models to research.

Two things in life can do miracles for our happiness and stress relief and they are MUSIC and LAUGHTER. Fortunately, my business is all about one of these. Of course, that is MUSIC, but even running a music business provides all the stress related issues of any business and I have to find time to completely disconnect myself from the business. Sometimes, I’ll just sit down at the piano and “doodle” and create music of whatever feelings I have at the time. Other times, I’ll just veg out or meditate to some relaxation mood music.

I also LOVE to lose myself in COMEDY! Laughter is another part of being human that provides happiness in indescribable ways. Like music, laughter heals. I know that a few episodes of “Seinfeld”, “I Love Lucy”, a stand up comedian or funny movie takes my mind away from thinking. Whenever I get together with the guys I have played in bands with for most of my life…I get to enjoy both of these at the same time. Recently, when we all performed at David’s Music House, I actually felt a decade of youth enter my body while we were playing on stage. Music is that powerful IF you learn to allow your emotions to fully take over. These guys are also one of my BEST resources of laughter! I never laugh harder, to the point of tears, than when we all get together. Life long friends will do that for each other.

We all have to find time to do things that make us happy and when you are occupied with tasks that consume your thinking and time, you need to STOP and soak yourself into something that takes you away from the race. You can always rely on MUSIC & LAUGHTER as BEST medicines for happiness.

Check out our Music Therapy page for services we offer that utilize #thepowerofmusic

Thanks for all your continued support and spreading the good word about what we do at David’s Music House.

Cheers,

David

“A Total Music Experience – The Future of Music Education”

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Summer Camps, Concerts and More…

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david on stageSo Summer officially starts this month so let’s get cracking to the summer deals.

We brought back our Summer Lesson Special for NEW students only. You can check out what we do and take some lessons at an unbelievable price for six weeks.

We have something soooooo awesome for the toddlers…our Summer Session of Junior Jamboree from July 9 – August 13. The BEST way for your toddler to explore and start their love of music out the right way. They’ll be singing and dancing, playing instruments, reading and singing stories and make a craft each session.

It’s time for Summer Camp dudes….Summer Music Camp that is. We are having two totally awesome camps over this summer.

“A TOTAL MUSIC EXPERIENCE CAMP” – 2 sessions. July 7 – 11 & August 11 – 15. (9am – noon)

“PICK, STRUM & PLAY” – A TOTAL GUITAR CAMP – July 28 – Aug 1, (9am – noon)

We have NEW EXPANDED RENTAL INSTRUMENTS: 
ACOUSTIC GUITARS
ELECTRIC GUITAR PACKAGE ( includes guitar, amp and chord )
ALL BRASS INSTRUMENTS
ALL WOODWIND INSTRUMENTS
VIOLINS, VIOLAS, CELLOS
FULL DRUM KITS & CYMBALS
ELECTRIC BASSES
KEYBOARDS

We are bringing some AMAZING PERFORMERS THIS SUMMER!

DMH TEACHER CONCERT – JUNE 6 (7pm – 8:30pm) & JUNE 8 (2:30pm – 4pm)
See our awesome music teachers perform their favorite songs.

HILLARY REYNOLDS BAND – AUGUST 16
Coming back one year later, almost to the day, one of DMH’s favorite bands.

IAN ETHAN CASE - OCTOBER 25 (yeah Fall, but you can not miss this outstanding guitarist.)
Ian (double neck guitarist) performed recently with Legands like Robin Ford & Stanley Jordan.

Like I said….it’s going to be ONE TOTALLY MUSICAL EXPERIENCE this Summer at DMH.

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Getting Wiser or Learning How Much More There is to Learn?

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david on stageIf I’ve found one thing out for sure in six decades of life, it’s that you don’t really get wiser as you get older…you just find out how much more you have yet to learn. There is no end to discovering and learning new ideas, ways of thinking and doing things, IF you have an open mind, that is. Creating a business that doesn’t exist anywhere else is a great idea, but there is really no other models to learn from. You are creating the model from scratch, through trial and error and a lot of instinct. That’s exactly what I wanted to do, after working for a corporation for 22 years that told me to NOT think or create.

My mind constantly is thinking of new aspects and new ideas to use in my business, but I still need to focus on things moving along that are already in place and that are bringing in revenue. To this end, in the beginnings of my fourth year in business, I find that I need to slow down and focus on what is actually feasible and necessary to insure growth and progress. I keep thinking of those creative new ideas, and I keep working on them and storing them, much as a songwriter, who creates the initial idea of a song, but may work on development for years before publishing it.

This is what I love about being an entrepreneur….using your skills and talent to resolve issues and grow the business, but being able to just bring in a brand new concept because you know it will enhance the business concept and mission. That’s something that you can never do if you have to go through manager after manager,  to suggest an idea, only to be told it won’t work or worse, have them implement your idea and call it their own.

I have found it completely a waste of time to even think about what other competitors are doing, other than to see if there are ways similar efforts can help each other’s business. When I look at another business in my area, I wonder how we could partner and work together to increase the community’s wellness. It serves no purpose for me to see what “they” are doing and copy it or be jealous of it. This is a trait of a foolish business person. I’m far too busy thinking of ways to promote music and help the community better connect, through the power of music to bother wasting time trying to get ahead to the “other guy”.

So, needless to say (but I will…) there are some GREAT enhancements coming to David’s Music House over the course of 2014, and beyond. Keep your eyes and ears open for some more great ways to bring more music into the world.

One such enhancement occurring in May, will be better instrument rentals as we partner with “Music Hut”. This is a local business that has been in existence for many years of renting and repairing instruments. We will now be renting acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, amplifiers, cellos and others, in addition to the woodwinds, brass and strings we currently offer. We are often asked by parents of children beginning lessons about renting as they do not want to purchase instruments until they see that the student really wants to keep playing the first instrument they become interested in. Now, we will be able to offer a much wider selection to rent, as well as support another area local small business.

Now….some reflection and what’s coming next:

Our Spring Student Concerts were just amazing and full of great new talented students of all phases of learning and all ages.
I am constantly looking for great talent all over the country who can perform in our DMH Cafe and INSPIRE our students, as well as our teachers! We are bringing an A Capella Chorus Group called “Minor Variation” from Wake Forest University of North Carolina. This will be an evening of choral music as our new DMH Chorus opens with a few songs and then gets to attend the concert for FREE, as well as talk to them about how they tour and record.
In coming months we will bring back the Hillary Reynolds Band and Noel McLeary among other touring recording artists.

Behind the scenes, we are doing some serious soundproofing to the lesson rooms, as well as a fresh coat of paint and some NEW design and artwork. Most of these tweaks will be done by the end of May/June and will not cause any interruption of lessons or events. All of these improvements will give everyone a much better learning experience!

As always, thank all of you for your continued support and spreading the good word of David’s Music House bringing more music into our community and world.

David

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Musicians Without Arrogance – Do They Exist?

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david on stageYes…..they do exist. I have indeed crossed paths with brilliant musicians who are LISTENERS, HELPERS and HUMBLE! Granted, they are few and far between, but they are out there. I admit that performing music for an audience can provide approval and praise that often can led to an heightened sense of ego, but pride and confidence should not be confused with arrogance.

One of my passions and missions of David’s Music House is that I stress to our Teachers/Music Mentors to do more than instruct students how to just play an instrument. There is so much more involved in the teaching of how to be a true musician that is often neglected in music education. These days, with so much promotion of learning music and performance through technology, this personal and inspirational mentoring is being lost. Music in its best form, can only be fully learned with face-to-face, personal human interaction.

Our mission at David’s Music House is to Teach, Mentor and Inspire. The first thing you have to do to insure growth in learning is inspire the student to continue learning, beyond the beginning curiosity. They need to come back and WANT to learn. That’s where the FACE-TO-FACE INSPIRATION comes in. Without that, you’re only selling shoes.

The next aspect of learning music is that during the earliest stages of lessons, music students need to learn how to perform in front of others. Unless someone is purely planning to play an instrument in a closet, by themselves, they need to be taught to realize that there are people listening. That’s why DMH teachers have access to our coffee house stage, to bring the student out of the lesson room and play what they just learned.

The next and extremely important part of being a musician is learning HOW TO LISTEN! I can not tell you how many musicians I have known who find it impossible to LISTEN to the other musicians they are performing with. This disability has grown progressively worse as more and more young musicians are migrating to performing in their bedrooms and basements to the YouTube world. The Internet is leading youth to become more siloed and disconnected from inter-personal connection with others. While YouTube and open mic nights are great tools for learning and getting feedback on your performance, they also tend to create a path that is disconnected from playing with other musicians.

David’s Music House Music Mentors teach our students that by listening to what another person is playing along with you, you will be able to do such things as play softer to allow the soloist to be heard above the rest, insure that you are keeping your timing equal to the other performers and most importantly, understanding how BEAUTIFUL the complete collection of performers sounds as each part compliments the whole sound that is heard by everyone! This is a concept that is taught in orchestras and bands because each person’s single part only sounds good when performed with the other parts.

These are the reasons we say “The Lesson Room Is Only The FIRST Step”. It has always been a personal passion of mine to insure that anyone learning music at David’s Music House, is not only instructed, but INSPIRED by their teachers, to be not only great musicians, but HUMBLE LISTENERS.

I personally will insure that all of our teachers work hard to follow these passions and principles and your feedback is very important to me, to insure that our students are the highest priority of everyone at DMH. Send me your comments or any questions you may have to david@davidsmusichouse.com

You can also post your comments directly to this article.

Thank you again for your continued support of David’s Music House.

David

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Stay Positive…Stay On Course…No Matter What Comes…

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david on stageAs we go through life, it is only natural and human to allow disappointment or failures or just things that impact us in negative way, to become the focus of all of our thoughts. The mind will always bombard our thoughts with “why did this have to happen to me?”, “Why can’t I ever seem to do anything right?”, “Why do I always fail at everything I try?” Believe me, I have had my share of these thoughts throughout my life. It seems to take such effort to focus our minds on positive thoughts, but it is really a matter of retraining ourselves to stay positive. This may be due to generations being taught to be humble and not self centered. There is also evidence that our brains are actually hard-wired to focus on negative thoughts as a defense mechanism. The data shows that areas of the brain will expend most of it’s energy on the negative thoughts to the degree that other areas lessen or stop completely to give the primary focus on the negative or possible threat, for survival purposes. What I have learned in the last 5 years or so is that thinking negative always gives the exact same in result – negativity.

We need to reprogram our brains to say “STOP”, when we start thinking anything negative and find any thought, as quickly as we can, about something good or that makes us smile. Even if you can’t think of something, physically make yourself smile! This is something that will take a good deal of time to be able to do. Many of us have been allowing ourselves to think negatively for many, many years, so to think this habit is going to change over a few weeks or months, is quite unreasonable! The key is to START NOW! Start snapping yourself out of being angry in traffic, or saying negative things about people, even when you are alone. Make a list of positive thoughts or goals you want to achieve and say them aloud to yourself every morning and night. There are studies that show that verbally speaking out loud has longer lasting effects on your brain than merely thinking good thoughts.

Learning new things can be a challenge but also very rewarding, such as learning to play an instrument or to sing, at any age. Music is one way to steer your mind and behavior to positive thinking. This is why we are brining Music Therapy as part of our Music Plus Program throughout the year at DMH. Music continues to improve our lives in so many ways and David’s Music House exists for the single purpose of making the world a better place, though Music, one lesson at a time.

Thanks to all the community for your continued support and love that you show all of us and for becoming part of the DMH Family.

Here is a video to show all the LOVE we all share with all of you.

David

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Why Do We Play Music?

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david on stageWhy do we play music? We love when we can learn to play or sing and be good at this power of music we are all drawn to. Even people who don’t seem to be particularly into music, don’t buy music or go to see performances, are still drawn to its power in movies, television or even just shopping. Many people want so badly to make music and then when they discover the attention they receive when they are known as music makers, they love becoming aware of their own value.

Often musicians develop an ego of accomplishment if they are especially good at their craft. Many want to be the center of the attention and in the limelight, even when they perform with a group of musicians. This is usually due to immaturity and youth. Even the very talented performer will hear and thus feel the power of the group performance when it comes together. However, many take a long time, if ever, to realize that they are only part of this power.

We play music for what is does to the listener. The listener can be unknown to the music maker. The listener can be any life form, anywhere. Music, in many forms, from rhythm to frequencies and melodic tones has been a form of communication and known as such for a long time, but we know now that it possesses a power to the emotional and physical state of living things. Music can heighten the emotions of anger or sadness or provide great relief of stress and even healing. Music can enhance the well being of life.

The point of all of this is that when we learn to play music, LISTENING is the reason for the playing. Listening is what draws us to music in the first place. It’s why we want to play it. Whatever end result we may want to achieve, whether it be to be the best player or singer, LISTENING becomes the end requirement.

This is WHY we must learn to keep our focus on how we play music. It’s for that life form who the notes and frequencies eventually reach, that the performer may never be aware of. We all want to be accepted and acknowledged for something while we exist as part of the “stuff of the universe”. We are all connected by many things and music is one force that connects us.

This is why I have always brought the message that David’s Music House was created to help everyone find the WHY they are learning about music. It is important that we learn early in the process, and we keep our eyes and ears on WHY we are actually doing this wonderful thing! All of us at David’s Music House are here to insure that DMH students stay on a path of “Inspiration and Exploration of The Power of Music”

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