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May 11, 2020
It has been such a joyful, musical, and energetic experience welcoming our community back to the studio – or studios, if you are using the French Doors Connection! LOL

Hopefully by June we can all have in-studio lessons and I will look at starting up our small groups mid-late June. 

Thank you all for your perseverance and tenacity and love for your music, as we navigate our musical lives!
🎻 Cayt & Pico
If you have a tune you've written or arranged, a photo of your home violin practice space, a poem, or anything else to share with the Full Circle community, email it to me for possible inclusion in a future newsletter.
Explore & Experience – Bow Circles
Here is a nice warm-up, a Paul Rolland basic. Simple, relaxing.
  • In standing position, with violin and bow in place, place bow at frog end on a middle string for a downbow.
  • Make a grand sweeping stroke, following through by leaving the string gracefully, and making a large and high circle (as high as you can reach) to return to the same place on the string. Like a ballet movement, it should be freeing, slower, and elegant. You will feel your chest & arms open to create the circle above.
  • Try doing about 8-10 of these, as you consciously breathe and relax.
Happy Practicing 🎶
Cartoon Corner
Play Along Tune: Can-Can
This week's play-along tune is "Can-Can" – yes, the one that we're all familiar with. It's easy to play, and fun to play really fast. Yes, you CAN CAN!

Here's a link to the sheet music.

And a link to the YouTube video you can play along with. A few suggestions:
• Play in unison with the video.
• Try improvising a second part / harmony.
• Turn off the video and break a speed record. How fast can you crank it and maintain control?
If you'd like to play straight through several times, you can make any YouTube video loop, by right-clicking on the video and selecting "Loop" from the dropdown menu that appears.
Inspiring Quote: Janine Jansen
"A wrong note played with the right intention is much to be preferred to the right note played with no soul."
--- Janine Jansen
This Week's Two Set Violin Video
Get Inspired. This one – subtitled "8 Most Epic Performances Everyone Should Watch" – is an eye / ear opener, even for Brett and Eddy. Really extraordinary. Click image to play. (BTW, you can see Janine Jansen, quoted above, as the 7th of 8 players here.)
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