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Summer 2022

Hello & Happy Summer 2022 to our friends & students!

When I ponder on Full Circle Music, it feels like so much more than lessons, groups, events and a place. It feels like a warm and kind community of music-spirited souls. It feels like people who are truly relaxing here, and deeply appreciating their music friends and the music they make together. It feels like a profound connection – to all that is good, beautiful, healing, and transforming.

We ourselves are creating this very unusual and exceptional sanctuary every time we meet, in any and all combinations. We bring the mojo, the love of music, the energy, the camaraderie and the musical fellowship. We are in harmony.

My wish and hope for all is that we might invite into our hearts the spirit and the healing of music, in whatever way is ours. To fly higher than ever in these times, “on wings of song.”


Classical Band Starts August 25!

For those classical music players and learners who have been patiently waiting for it, I am pleased to announce it is here at last! We are kicking off a formal ensemble class starting :
     Thursday,  August  25
     4:00-5:30 p.m.
     6-week set of class sessions
Music/parts available August 1st for those registered. Classical Band is a classical music – Baroque & Classical (mostly) – string ensemble organized in 4-part harmony:

     Violin 1
     Violin 2
     Violin 3 / Viola

The skill/experience level required is advanced beginner (at least 2+ years of lessons) through advanced intermediate.

If there is a woodwind/flute player out there who would like to play, please email me! We have a number of violinists chomping at the bow already, and our cellist is Amelia D’Anci.

This ensemble can be a permanent offering as long as it is well attended and our level of playing continues to improve modestly. There are no super-stars in this ensemble! If and when a performance opportunity arises, we can consider it as a group.

Just email me if you’re interested in this unique adult ensemble opportunity and I’ll get right back to you!


Warming Up to Your Instrument

I am a huge fan of the warm-up before diving into challenging technical or music-related efforts. The most important reason to warm up is to carefully establish a physical, kinesthetic, relaxed connection with the instrument. This requires a calm and focused mind, with no sense of urgency. Calm and focused is where we want to be for any type of learning genre, so well-designed warm-ups can make a practice session very productive and pleasant.

With the fiddle/violin, the bow-to-string relationship is the “how & why” of everything we love about our instrument! It creates emotional/musical expression and the nuances of style. It gives us physical confidence through control. Volume, and the many expressive voices of articulation we use, are all in the bow-to-string relationship.

So to that end, here is my latest new warm-up, to bring you into your practice session gently and with focus.

First, be sure your form & posture are all set. Have your beverage of choice at the ready (LOL). Place your bow on the D or A string, at the farthest point toward the tip at which you are comfortable; the bow is straight and you are not hyper-extending your right arm or putting the instrument into an unnatural position to get to the actual tip of the bow.

Up Bow. Using 1 to 2" micro bows – all up bows – move from tip to frog, with Full Stops between each stroke. (You can end at the silver wrapping or the frog where the clip is.)

Your objective is to create a strong and rich sound, and a bit heavy is preferable to light. Take your time. This is not metronomic! It is all about learning the feel of the bow+string. At all points along the bow feel the connection of the bow INTO the string, through your hand.

In the top 1⁄3 of the bow you will need to leverage weight onto the bow by leaning into it through your arm (keeping your arm in the normal position) and pressing down a bit with your index finger.

The middle 1⁄3 is simple, as the natural balance and weight on the bow easily creates a good sound.

The lower 1⁄3 requires that we slightly lift some weight off the bow, as otherwise we’ll get the famous “crunch” effect. Make it a policy to never start over on this exercise: simply improve as you go.

Down Bow. The second half of the exercise is to reverse direction, moving downbow from frog to tip.

The exercise should be done as an upbow + downbow set, one right after the other. 2-3 sets is a good number for your warm-up .

This warm-up is a winner! Lots of folks are loving the cumulative effects and a new awareness of their bowing experience, including significantly more control and comfort.

Josh enjoying our Tunes and Tech Group, with Martha in the background.
"In-Joy" a Free Sound Bath
All Full Circle Friends & Students are invited to In-Joy a free Soundbath featuring Himalayan and Quartz Crystal bowls.

There are so many benefits to health and wellbeing that can be achieved in a soundbath for deep relaxation, including reduced muscle tension & physical pain, less stress & anxiety as well as an increased sense of wellbeing and a positive mood-state.

As part of a Professional Diploma in Group Sound Relaxation Therapy with the British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST), I am calling for people to take part in my case study sessions on weekends, July 9-August 14.
• Saturdays at 10:00 & Sundays at 4:00
• Sessions are about 45 minutes long.
• Your 1-page feedback form will go towards my final portfolio submission to BAST.

All you need to do is text me at 603.312.2647 with your choice of session or email ( I’ll get back to you right away. Space is limited so consider booking early.

Feel free to stop by the studio to view our Welcome Board and pick up more information on the Soundbath experience! I’m looking forward to seeing you at the Sound Sanctuary Studio!

In Harmony, Cayt

What Every Violinist Needs to Know...
Ever feel like your body is at odds with your instrument? Ideally, we'd like the violin to feel almost like an extension of our body – a goal that's easier to achieve if we truly understand how our anatomy works.

Jennifer Johnson, a violinist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, wrote "What Every Violinist Needs to Know About the Body" to help us truly partner with our violins.
Take your arms, for example. Many people have internalized the idea that our arms work like those on a Barbie doll, hard-wired to our torso at the top of our upper arm bone. In reality, the arms are connected only to the shoulder blade and collarbone. We can bow more smoothly and pivot our left arm to a new string more readily when we encourage this whole arm assembly to move together. 

Johnson teaches something called Body Mapping, to help violinists learn more about working with their bodies instead of being at odds with them. Check out this podcast interview with Jennifer Johnson to hear how Body Mapping could potentially help you play with less effort and avoid injuries.
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