For musicians of all instruments and ages, it is a guide to using recording as a tool in practicing, teaching and preparing for performance. Following Boyk's tested wisdom, musicians will hear themselves more objectively, work more efficiently, and play more expressively.
It is also an easy-to-understand guide to microphones and other recording gear, with specific equipment recommendations, all from a recognized expert. (Boyk is a recording engineer/producer, and founded the Music Lab at California Institute of Technology.)
Finally, the book's many amusing anecdotes and poetic reflections make it a reading delight.
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"Whether you're developing your skills or think of yourself as a finished artist, you should read this book. It contains valuable information that you can find no place else."
"All 'how to' books should be like this one: useful, cheerful, inspirational, thought-provoking, and so complete and clear as to be more than user-friendly—indeed, user-solicitous. ... Boyk has the temperament to be both mechanical and artistic, and the wisdom to see both paths in the service of the same goal."
"Don't have a hundred dollars for an hour with a top-notch music coach? Here you have fifteen "coaching sessions" on teaching music to yourself and others through singing, dancing, simple musical analysis, and recording. Unlike most guides to home recording or studio technique, this book focuses on musical performance, not wiring diagrams. There's a broad range of related info, too: everything from what equipment to buy (with prices and dealers' addresses) to how and where to press and package your own CD (with costs and addresses). The whole thing is nicely spiced with the author's personal anecdotes and potent quotes from the likes of Beethoven, Cezanne and the Talmud. Musicians of all ages and abilities, as well as music teachers, will find a wealth of useful information here. If I were giving instrument lessons, I'd buy this thing by the case. It could be the best ten bucks you or your whiz-kid will spend in a long time."
"Valuable information, presented in an engaging, readable style."
"Wise, witty, fascinating and useful. A must read for musicians of all ages."
"I highly recommend To Hear Ourselves As Others Hear Us... The stories are amusing and enlightening.... So many pedagogically sound and cleverly presented ideas that I can only encourage you to buy it and discover for yourself its many insights into performing, practicing, teaching, and listening."
"Elegantly written, engaging, full of interesting and useful information."
"Heartfelt and helpful."
"Bravo to Mr. Boyk for this little gem of a book. It is one that all piano teachers, students and parents should...read, and then read again. The insights and advice...are too many to skim through and too good to digest at only one exposure."
"Excellent.... Valuable to both teacher and student."
"a treasure-trove of information, advice and entertaining musical insights for both amateur and professional musicians. James Boyk's enthusiastic philosophy for musical excellence is contagious, and should be required reading for all lovers of music."