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July 20, 2013 - 9:57 pm
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Hi all, been awhile, havent that much time to practice nowadays(sadly), but well, theres something i'm a bit curious about, and i think i should learn, how do i know in which position should i play a song? Lets say, mmh i downloaded a sheet, started to try to play it in first position, as usual, and when i saw the video of the person who composed that song, i found that it was being played in third position (just to set an example), and well, thats it? How do I know?

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July 21, 2013 - 12:57 am
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Unless the sheet music indicates the position, which is rare, you should play a piece in whatever position allows you to most comfortably play it. More complicated pieces can have complex patterns and call for high notes or harmonics not reachable in first position; if you find one of the other positions makes the piece easier to play, that's the one you should use.

The different positions are tools that open more options for you.


July 21, 2013 - 1:16 am
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Some pieces would have numbers to show you your fingerings and shifting, for example, if you go to the sheet music section, look for Bruch, Max:
Violin Concerto No.1, Op.26, on the second line, bar 4, on one of the 16th notes there's a 1 on top of it (note D), that tells you you will be playing on the sixth position.

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July 22, 2013 - 8:26 am
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It takes time but eventually you will learn when playing in another position allows you to phrase better, or to avoid open strings or be able to finger quicker.
Sometimes playing in a particular position avoids string crossings or puts the string crossings at a better place in conjunction to the bow changes.
Playing in positions can give you a passage on a string that has a better sound or keep the sound the same going up on a scale for a more musical result.
So basically, you use possitions to optimize or simplify your sound, speed, and string crossings when applicable.

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