Sign Language & Music: “How Far I’ll Go” ASL Cover in the Making

Hello All!

This week for our signing video I decided to change it up and do my best attempt at an ASL cover of “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana. This is very different from the other videos that I do in many ways. The most evident is that I am signing in real time and in ASL.

I am usually focusing my energy on signed English which is signing the sign for each word within an English sentence structure. So you might be wondering… then what is ASL? ASL or American Sign Language is its own language, which means that it operates under its own sentence and lingual structure.

In ASL you may sign only a few words in an entire sentence. But where they don’t use as many words they make up for in visual elements. You can see in the video below that I create a place where the ocean is in my visual field and I use it as a frame of reference and to develop the story. So the following lyrics…

Every road I take

Every trail I track

Every path I make

Every road leads back



Road/path (gesturing to ocean)

Walk (gesturing to ocean)

Road/path (gesturing to ocean)

Go (gesturing to ocean)


It may be simplified in word count but the content and imagery is vivid in ASL and in many ways I think it is a more comprehensive and expressive language than any other.

Sign Language & Music: Numbers 1-31

Welcome back to Sign Language & Music!

Today I took a little time to go through our signs for 1-31. Now that might seem like an odd set of numbers but I use them mostly to express the days of the month which, as you know, go from 1-31. That beings said, I also use number signs for counting and to express age. For most of my clients number signs can be difficult and frustrating because there are so many of them and there isn’t a consistent and set pattern that they follow. You will notice that the signs 20-30 look quite a bit different from 10-20. So take your time with it. I recommend starting with the signs for 1-5. Then once you get comfortable add five more, and so on. If you feel secure in your signs then your clients will feel secure in the signs you teach them!

Sign Language & Music: Illness and Pain

This may not be the most pleasant signs but they are so very important! Whether you’re a Music Therapist working with clients, patients, and students who may be nonverbal, deaf, or hard of hearing, or if you are a parent who wants to give your little one the ability to express their aches and pains. These are incredible useful signs for all!

In the video you will learn signs for stomach ache, tooth ache, sick, and even dizzy! These are descriptive and very helpful in trying to understand an individuals behavior or emotional distress. Having the ability to say “I feel dizzy” or “I have a stomach ache” are priceless skills for all of us regardless of our age or abilities.