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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.
If you think you can, or you think you can't, you're probably right.
Will the ability to read these come with practice?
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 ?? Of course, you can experiment which might be a good education
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