Falling in Love with the Fiddle
by James C. Boyce
This book relates how James C. Boyce fell in love with the fiddle, learned to play it, and began to teach others to play it. Mr. Boyce is an instrument maker and repairman who gives his personal advice on the purchase and care of a fiddle, and includes his observations on the mystique of the instrument.
"Falling in Love With the Fiddle" is designed for people who never learned to read music, and also for those who do read music but want to get "off the page" and play music by ear.
This book contains an aural learning program for the beginning fiddler, teaching how to hold the fiddle and bow, and to play the sounds that you hear. The AudioTab CD will help you learn how to tune the fiddle, and how to play three simple tunes on it. Ultimately, the book and CD will help you learn to play the "sounds" of the fiddle.
He started playing guitar at age 11, and played guitar and mandolin in various bands since he was a teenager. He fell in love with "fiddle music" in 1976, and took up playing the fiddle at the age of 35.
He started teaching beginning fiddling two years later, eventually developing his method into a course at the local night school. He added a second fiddle course, inviting "local masters" to teach fiddle songs to more advanced students.
He was a founder of the Woods Hole Folk Music Society in 1972. From 1996 to 1999 he produced "Fiddlin’ in Falmouth", a live musical variety local TV show featuring local fiddlers and musicians from the Falmouth Area. In 1998, he started the Falmouth Fiddlers Association, and the Cape Cod Fiddle Contests.
He lived and worked in North Falmouth, Massachusetts until his death in 2015.
Sample page with illustrations by Charles Cann: