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@Fiddlerman I had watched your videos on positions awhile back. I just looked at them again and see that I had missed what I think was your main point. Duh.
So, in every position, is your thumb right across from your first finger? Except of course, maybe 6th and higher -- and where do you hang on then, by the way?
I also have not been trying to learn shifting by sliding -- I thought I was supposed to be able to just "hit it" through muscle and distance memory. In practicing sliding, I realized that I leave my thumb behind an inch or more, which requires more stretching of my fingers than necessary.
Keeping my thumb with my first finger requires some concentration, but I also see it adds to the feeling of stability. I took lessons for several months a couple of years ago, and I wish this had been mentioned. All that was mentioned about the thumb was that I kept too much of it sticking up, but nothing about it in relation to the rest of the fingers.
Hey @fiddlrgrrl That is what I was first taught, then Teach and I discovered a more laid out was better for me.
Sorry if I have confused you. By the way did you read my disclaimer in my signature!!
Violinist start date - May 2013
Fiddler start date - May 2014
FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius. BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.
@Fiddlerman : You said "For 1st, 2nd, and 3rd I'll keep my thumb against the neck curve by the peg box."
LOL! What? Seriously? Do you have a 4th joint in your fingers or something??? Or an extra long thumb? I can't even play my 4th finger on the A string in 3rd position with my thumb up there.
Yes, another video would be great, like from the side, playing in the positions, after showing how to get to them.