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October 2020
Happy Fall Greetings, Friends & Fiddlers! 🎻

We are flying high this Fall, straight through to mid-December, with our exciting evening group classes and sessions Monday-Thursday. Private lessons, micro-groups and impromptu group playing are all a part of our very fulfilling and creative musical life!

The Wednesday night Celtic Traditional Session continues to be a high-energy and highly-entertaining 90 minutes, with special thanks to our guest guides Alan Eaton (guitar & fiddle) and Bob Frost (banjo). Both are consummate veterans of the Celtic music traditions, and more! They regale us with musical insights, fabulous stories, tunes and musical history lore. 

Beginner Fiddle  classes on Monday and Thursday are off to an excellent and enthusiastic start, and the UpLevel Session on Tuesdays features a delightful mix of various musical styles, useful technique tips, duet-playing, and pops-style CD-accompanied  tunes. Our UpLevel players are highly dedicated, creative, fun-loving folks!

At Full Circle Music we continue to be experiencing our music in the best, most natural environment possible: together in person, with other like-minded and soulful musicians of every skill and experience level. We continue to accommodate all preferences, needs and protocols around Covid. 

We are grateful and blessed to be in our musical oasis!  Thanks everyone, for making this possible!

Cayt & Pico

P.S. As always, lesson checks for next month are due before the end of this month. Since most of you aren’t having a lesson the week of October 26, please bring your lesson checks the week of October 19 – this coming week. Feel free to post-date the check to October 31 if you prefer. Thanks.
Music Brings Us Together!
Music brings us closer emotionally, while we distance socially. Life continues with lots of fun, thanks to our French Connection setup and large studio space.
Practice Tips
My 10 Most Effective & Simple "Always" Tips
  1. Always begin with respectfully and calmly taking out your violin &  bow. Appreciate your instrument.
  2. Aways start your playing with the simplest item; open strings for bowing/tone production is a good choice.
  3. Always take many short breaks away from the instrument, for mental clearing and physical reset.
  4. Always begin with a different section, line, phrase, when learning a tune or classical piece. We all know what happens to folks who always start at "the beginning" and then find that they are weak or flailing beyond that. Use your fresh mind on a new spot each time you begin your practice and soon you will know the whole tune/piece very well.
  5. Always scan your music carefully prior to practice, to note changes or instructions you/your teacher recently made.
  6. Always play something you love, or play just for fun, every day.
  7. Always play both standing and seated, to practice good form, regardless of your preference!
  8. Always remind yourself: practice = learning. So practice can bring us to "perfect", but it is not going to BE perfect, at least for awhile.  Focus on improvement instead of perfection. Better is wonderful.
  9. Always listen to the sound you are making with your bow. Require a good solid tone.
  10. Always be aware of how your LH fingers and hand feel. Require a relaxed, sensitive feeling.
Tune: Bridget Cruise 3rd Air
Turlough O'Carolan wrote four airs named after his first love, Bridget Cruise, whose family ran the music school he studied at before he became blind at age 18. This month, we're making this beautiful expressive piece available as a duet playable by students of almost any level.

Here's a link to the duet sheet music.
For some extra inspiration, listen to the Angel Band's version of Bridget Cruise. The Angel Band – pictured below – was a wonderful Celtic group that Cayt played with for many years in the 1990s. Click here to listen to the MP3.
Playing Mozart's Violin
What would it feel like to play the actual violin Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played and composed upon, from his early teens to the age of 25? "I feel like I'm having a conversation with Mozart over a space of over 250 years," said violinist Christoph Konz, who recently recorded an album of Mozart's violin concertos on that very same instrument.
Koncz went on to explain that the violin's sound had "gone to sleep" as its wood became stiff from years of disuse – but that playing the instrument for hours daily "opened up" the sound, as the vibrations of playing brought suppleness back to the wood. 

It's very cool to think of the way our playing can give a unique history and sound to our violin, the more we practice. Yet another reminder that a violin is not just an inanimate object!

Read the full article in The Guardian.

Listen to samples from Koncz's new album on The Strad.
Inspiring Quote
Music is well said to be the speech of angels.” – Thomas Carlyle
TwoSet Video: Upside Down!
Don't try this at home! But maybe watching this video will make you feel that playing your violin right side up is easier than you thought!
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