1. Introduction to voicing:
What’s actually done and what are the goals. What is a good sound? Power, sustain, attack, color...
Moving the tension in the hammer. Parts of hammer that should be flexible and parts that should support the flexibility
2. How to listen to attack vs power
3. How to listen to dynamics. Deep needling European hammers on shoulders increases dynamic range dramatically.
If new European (Japanese) hammers sound like they’re pretty ok without any needling, you still need to needle for the dynamics
Show variety of voicing tools.
Tuning, regulation, filing hammers, mating hammers to strings, string leveling, talk about impedance and matching the sound to what can be achieved with that piano. Create an image of the sound that piano wants and needs, and take into account the pianist’s wishes
6. American hammers and voicing technique vs. European and Japanese hammers and voicing technique
Different approach and different techniques. Explain and show examples
7. Chemicals and how to use them
8. Deep needling / Cross stitch / chopstick techniques
9. Upright voicing
This is not a recording of a full voicing of one piano from bottom to top. Even better, it is an overview of each important step in voicing procedure with time for interaction and questions from the participants as each issue arises in the lecture. Boaz encourages participants to develop their own tastes and sensibilities, to use these techniques to develop their own ear and their own skills with confidence.