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Robyn.fnq
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I've watched many professional violinists, and fiddlers, and it seems they rarely keep their hands in first position.

If you're practising a piece for a solo, or group performance, how do you decide which position is going to be best for that piece?

I'm just beginning to be more comfortable with a few notes in third position, but when I come across a piece that's notated on the G and D strings in a position other than first, I'm totally lost to find the notes.

Will the ability to read these come with practice?  It takes me ages to finger ... D,E,F,G, then know what I'm playing with my 4th finger.

Ah, I've just discovered something ... if I'm in 4th position, 4th finger is an octave of the open.

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Will the ability to read these come with practice?

Yes.

Fortunately, most violin music already gives fingering.  The objective is to make the music most playable for the range(octaves) involved.  You will soon understand that.  If not as written, then how ??   smile  Of course, you can experiment which might be a good education  coffee2

 

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I can play a piece in any position without thought. It comes with a lot of practice and experience. Once you learn your positions you will automatically know which positions are most suitable for phrasing and making music. When you have more experience you will experiment with positions that enhance the music. I kind of see it automatically while reading. The fingering suggestions that I make in the beginners sheet music series are the simplest suited for beginners.

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"I can play a piece in any position without thought."

I can tell that by your own and others' videos.  Fiddlerman, I sort of knew the answer before I asked the question, but I'm also impatient.

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Yes, patience.  Some people actually HAVE played for 10,000 hours and then you're over the hump.

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Ok, 9943 and counting ...

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That's the spirit Robyn. LOLviolin_girl

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