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When to shift and which position?
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Kody
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May 11, 2018 - 6:57 am
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 Hello All,

I've been using this website for the last couple of weeks and finally decided to join. One issue I'm having trouble with is knowing when you should shift and to which position when it isn't notated on the sheet music.

For Example, if i come across notes that are above the high C, I realize a shift is required but I'm not sure how to tell which position you need to shift to. Do you just look at the highest note and shift to the lowest position that would let you hit it?

For a little background; I've been playing for about 8 months and I'm just starting to learn 3rd position. Any advice is welcome; thanks!

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Fiddlerman
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May 11, 2018 - 10:17 am
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Hey KMrgn,
So many factors determine what position to shift to.
The highest note is one of them. Avoiding strange and awkward string changes, shifts that can easily be accomplished smoothly, effortlessly, and not too audibly. Possibility to shift while playing the open string or shift on a rest.... The list goes on and on. It's easier for me to look at a passage and explain why it would be more appropriate to shift in a certain way than to list all the factors.
Over time and with practice you will automatically choose the shifts that work the best for you.

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Thanks for the reply; that makes sense. I'm learning Crystallize and there are two trouble spots that involve shifting that i'm not sure how to approach. Most of the song is in 1st position so i can handle that; but these spots are kind of intimidating. I went ahead and attached some snippets of the music; maybe someone can give me some guidance on how they would approach these spots?

Thanks again!

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Thanks! That helps out a lot

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