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May 18, 2020
Hello All Fiddle & Violin Friends & Students!

Musical Life at Full Circle is moving into a new, and much cherished rhythm! We have our three modes of lessons:
  1. Zoom As You Like 
  2. Dual Studio, AKA the French Doors Connection 
  3. One Studio, at fiddling distancing of 8-10 feet. 
All studio lessons have now been enhanced with a MERV-13 high-efficiency-filter fan, thanks to Cynthia's husband Lew (a self-described air cleaning geek). Shout out to Lew! Masks are not required at the studio, but all who enter are encouraged to choose their own personal comfort level in all ways, including of course masks, or not. Music stands, seating, pencils, and doorknobs are sanitized for each student. Scheduling allows for no overlap of lessons for ease of coming & going. The studio is also air-conditioned FYI, as we now move into warmer weather. 

In Thankful Celebration of Our Music,

P.S. Now that we're in our new rhythm – and not so isolated – Studio Notes will cut back to every other week.
Classes this Summer – Stay Tuned!
I am considering mid-June as a possible point to go into our Up-Level and O'Carolan Session small groups. To create more personal space I am streamlining, and removing a number of items from studio 402.
  • For the Wednesday O'Carolan group, we will be ten players or less. Please let me know if you are interested in this – we have two folks signed up at this point. 
  • For Up-Level, we would have the usual seven to eight players.
  • For our Absolute Beginners class I would like to see that start in the first or second week of July, and please feel free to be in touch with me on that :)
If you're interested in participating in any of these three groups, tell me so I can keep you in the loop as plans get finalized.
Explore & Experience – Marinating
This week's practice tip comes from Cynthia, who made a recent discovery that enhanced her own practice experience:

"I my head, I've replaced the word "practice" with "marinate." For me, practicing has built into it an expectation of monotony, of perfecting. Marinating is just soaking in a bath of music, letting it infuse itself into my pores. When I take out my violin, my intent is to "marinate for a certain period of time," not “practice these exercises until they are right. I tell myself if I marinate long enough and often enough, the music will find me." -- Cynthia
Wine goes great with marinated music. On your next visit to the Studio, please consider bringing along a bottle of your favorite wine to shore up our supply for summer fun!

Shockingly, our wine cellar here at Full Circle has dwindled to 1/2 a bottle of Cabernet! All donations accepted with big thanks and a fiddle tune played just for you!🎻 
Student Contribution – Peg's Video
A few newsletters ago, I challenged (dared?) you to go play your violin outside. Peg did just that, and sent in a video to prove it! Have a listen to her lovely rendition of Arran Boat Song. Thank you, Peg!
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.
Play the Arran Boat Song with Peg
Want to play along with Peg? Use the music here, or download a paper copy of the Arran Boat Song on The Session.  The Arran Boat Song is a beloved Scots Ballad, sometimes known as "Queen Mary's Escape from Lochleven Castle." You can find lyrics and more backstory here
This Week's Two Set Violin Video
10 Times You Could Practice
Feeling like you just don't have enough time to practice violin? Brett and Eddy inspire us, with ten creative ways to fit your violin into everyday life.
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