Over the last 25 years Dan has taught well over 6,000 musicians and singers of all levels, from novice to professional, and he has taught at festivals in many parts of the USA.
Students have travelled from all over Europe and beyond to attend his transformative singing course, which received amazing feedback. He has even coached a pop singer, who promptly rose to no.1 in the UK charts.
To Dan, music is more than the just dots on the page. Posture, emotion and mindset also play their part. Indeed, your body language and how you think and feel about the music are key to an engaging performance.
For UK concerts Dan can bring his tree backdrop – to enhance the visual appeal of the stage – and for local concerts to Olney, he can also bring the blue background panels (they fill the car and require a separate trip) – the panels not only look good and hide instrument cases but they also absorb noise and help with the sound on stage.
‘The three of you were a great success, as you could obviously see from the audience’s reaction at the end of your numbers. Speaking to many of them before the event, very few knew what they were in for, because they did not know what a dulcimer was. They do now! It’s the first time we have had a sell-out in the hall and that was without your Olney following, who had heard you a few months previously.’ John Salter – event organiser
Waves is a track off Dan’s Autumn Dance CD album (DSM5 / 2003) about waves lapping on a lonely beach – a jazzy piece, it is played very freely on an acoustic guitar in Open C tuning with a coil pickup processed through digital multi-effects and sampling – the music, ocean and seagull sounds all come simultaneously from the guitar.
The photos were all taken by Dan within an hour on a camera that was new to him on a windy morning on the North Norfolk coast.
One for train enthusiasts ~ photographs of Didcot Railway Centre, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre and the North York Moors Railway (NYMR) ~ set to original dulcimer and guitar music, including: from Dan’s Spirit Dancing CD (The Journey) and his Au Vieux Moulin CD (Bullet Train).