Music Circle invites local players to Bellvue Grange

Everyone who loves music is invited to join The Music Circle, a new group for recreational musicians that will be meeting monthly at the Bellvue Grange beginning April 8.

Founder Jill Reynolds modeled the group on similar music circles popping up back East.

“I heard about them in Making Music magazine, and I’ve been emailing back and forth with someone who started one in Virginia,” she said. “They’ve historically been in rural areas, as a way to bring people together who love to make music.”

Reynolds grew up playing acoustic guitar, has played electric bass in a band and is now learning the drums. She hopes The Music Circle can help musicians like herself find other people to play with, regardless of ability.

“I hope it can become something that’s fun for kids and other beginning musicians,” said Reynolds, who retired from teaching middle school in 2008 and now operates Canine Massage of the Rockies from her home in Red Feather Lakes. “Beginners need to learn how to play with others, how to listen and adjust to what other musicians are doing.”

She’s added some modern technology to the historical model. The schedule of meetings is posted on the website at www.themusiccircle.wordpress.com, along with at least four songs to be played at the next circle, complete with chords so people can practice ahead of time.

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