Author Archives: james boyk

Do Acoustics Matter?

Or should it be, “Does acoustics matter?” This is just one of the many

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Two Views of a Tuning

Practicing on the concert-grand in the empty recital hall one afternoon, I became more and more distracted by

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Home in the Range

Fascinating, yes, to hear two interpretations side by side. But don’t you think each had something to learn from the other? Did you notice how she played the soprano melodies more convincingly, and he played

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Of Time and the Pizza Baking

When I started performing, I noticed that I played too fast; because of the adrenalin, I guess. So I learned to take tempos that

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Short-Circuit

So the adult says that it’s hard to make a living in the performing arts, which is true; and the Young Person Dreaming of a career says the adult doesn’t understand, which

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Chords, Hands and Dynamics

In playing chords, as you know, we can vary the tone-color by bringing out the soprano, or the bass, or the soprano and the bass; or the inner voices. And we can make a “banging” sound by

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Aphorisms, Chapter 2

Music is a dance that provides its own accompaniment.

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Aphorisms, Chapter 1

Talent is the ability to learn despite

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The Forbidden Word

A word that many only whisper. Ten-i-n. Is it so awful? T-ns–n. Yes, tension. And no, it’s not bad. In fact, tension is necessary for playing! Play with no tension, and you’ll

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The Last Pollution Frontier

A “Halloween Hoot” party in the yard at our son’s elementary school was grossly too loud; and still too loud two blocks away(!) as I walked home. This led me to research and write this noise policy.

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