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The "usual" method is to avoid open strings, particularly the "E". The consensus is that the fingered "E" is easier to hit for pitch consistent with the style of the particular music. And the fingered "E" also usually has a better sound (quality) consistent with the other strings.
In addition, use of the 4 th finger becomes very important for faster music where it could be more awkward to change strings.
Fiddlerman free sheet music deals with these problems in many cases (even if people object
4 th finger also becomes important when, later, you might want to sneak up into 3 rd position.
I also don't like open "A".
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
I do sneak into the 3rd position sometimes according to what piece I am playing, to avoid the weak pinky. I will just keep practicing and strengthen that pinky. thanks for the advise. yes, I am in Music City! I no longer play in the bar scene, mostly in churches around town. Much more fulfilling and I don't have to stay out late in a smokey bar with some old guy named something like Lester the Molester hassling me! and besides, I am getting too old, I need my .
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