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May 4, 2020
Happy Lovely May to All!
Today I have a special message for Full Circle students currently in the Private Lesson Program, and for those who may be considering taking private lessons.

We now have three options for your private lesson set-up, which you can mix & match for your convenience and preferences:
  1. Zoom. We will continue to offer Zoom lessons.
  2. Dual-Studio. You and I are in separate studios, with a glass door between us.
  3. Single-Studio. We are in the same studio, with safe distancing.
Health Protocols. Importantly, for all in-studio lessons, I make the same preparations for each student: disinfect doorknobs, music stand, pencils, chair & stool. I also use a cleansing essential-oil fresh spray for the air. There is no overlap on lessons, as I have scheduled a 30-minute space between them. The mill halls are, as usual, nearly empty.  You can read full details on each option in a PDF here.

Any of the three options are available to you ongoing, indefinitely. Please feel free to mix & match your options. To make a change from your current set-up, just text me by the morning of your scheduled lesson.  

As for my preference, it is simply for you to be comfortable, feel safe, and enjoy your learning and musical experience.
Thank You 🎻 Cayt & Pico
Explore & Experience – Easy Fingers
Many violin players have the tendency to press down too hard with the fingers of their left hand, creating extra tension.

Here's a practice tip for getting things just right. Play any note, focussing all your awareness on that finger, and see if you can feel the string vibrating under your finger. If you don't feel any vibration, you’re pressing harder than you need to.

The sweet spot is the one where you’re pressing hard enough to get a clear tone – but not so hard that the sensation of a live, vibrating string disappears.
Contributions from our Students
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.

Does coloring calm your nerves? Here's a coloring page from Shar that Martha shared with us! Click the image to download a larger, printable copy.
Peg and Hershey, Hangin'.
L to R: Mike, Peg drinking wine!, Sam, Paula, Martha M and Mary
Martha M, Pat (Richard's wife), Cynthia – our Café audience.
Play Along Tune: Daisy
This week's play-along tune is "Daisy Bell" – which many of us know as "A Bicycle Built for Two." 

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.

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.
This Week's Two Set Violin Video
You get what you pay for when it comes to buying a violin, as this video from the TwoSet guys illustrates. Aren't you glad you have a much nicer violin than this?
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