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Okay, So I've been watching @Fiddlerman video on this tune and know he's jumping down to the third position. So far I have only done third (or fourth) on my A string (Viola). but on the video, he remains in third on both the E and A string (violin). Is there a method to decide when to stay in third across multiple strings or is it a level of sight reading/ experience I have not hit yet?
I am just taking the very first steps into 3rd position right now. I feel like I did when I first picked up a bow. It's all new stuff.
How I love this instrument. The variety and versatility. Just when you think she's shown you all she can, you turn a corner and there's another world for you to explore.
The challenge now for me playing 3rd is smoothly coming back to 1st. It's the transitions.
@fiddlerman do you have any advise for making this work well? Thank you!
- Pete -
Third position is sort of easy, but there is one caveat: -
You have to know where the notes are (as in first position), and not just search the fingerboard for them. In other words, don't slide around until you find a note. I find the shifting is the easier part. Otoh, I have fat fingers. Thin fingers have a distinct advantage in higher positions.