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why should you shift positions in the middle of a phrase
Looking at the Schirmer ed. of the Bach Sonata 1 in G minor, Presto. Why do they want you to shift to third position in the middle of the phrase, when you could play it all in first? See attached .jpg
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Good question!  Also wondering - if I can reach high C with no problem and that is the highest that piece of music goes, must I switch?

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September 19, 2015 - 8:12 am
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It's done to avoid crossing two strings (skipping one) from the F on the E-string and the Ab on the D-string. It flows better if you shift. That being said, it won't work well if you are not used to shifting and playing in third position.

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hmmmf.  I think it is easier to cross strings occasionally than to shift without hitting wrong notes and breaking phrasing.

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It depends how you shift. Shifting correctly and accurately is an art and comes with time. As a matter of a fact, you can enhance the phrase with a nice shift. Crossing over two strings perfectly without being heard is also an art. 😉
Fingerings are always suggestions. You should do what works for you.

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thank you

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