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Fiddle Lessons: Practicing Shifting Positions

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[MUSIC]
Okay.
We're talking about all these positions.
How am I getting in and out of positions?
I think I want to show you a couple of
little exercises that can get you in and
out of the most common positions that
we're gonna be actually using.
First position to third position and back.
And first position to second position and
back.
Just getting your hand use to moving back
and forth in these positions.
Now the best way to start with this is to
match the note with finger so
if we're playing a, a, a G note on the D
string, for instance.
[SOUND] We're going to go back and forth
between the first finger.
If we go into third position, we'll be
going back and forth.
[MUSIC]
Again,
that's gonna, you're gonna be overshooting
a bit or under shooting at first.
You just wanna get to the point where-
[MUSIC]
Where it's very comfortable and easy.
So just go, as slow, kind of think about
it.
You can look, look at the, look at your
hand.
It's a little bit tough to see what's
going on because, oh,
your fingers are sort of behind each
other.
But still, we are going from [SOUND] and
then your first finger comes up.
Takes the place [SOUND] it should be-
[MUSIC]
I actually do it better now,
not looking, than I do when I'm looking.
So it's sorta optional, in fact-
[MUSIC]
>> I'm really doing it more by feel.
I'm feeling where my hand goes up and hits
the edge of the fiddle.
Now the going back and forth between the
first position and
second position is a little trickier
because you don't have any,
you're not gonna hit that body of the
instrument.
So it's a little bit more we're gonna look
at-
[MUSIC]
So a little bit of that is gonna go a long
way towards getting you comfortable
with moving around, there's all kind of
tricks during the course
of actually playing a tune that you can
get in and out of these positions.
But for now, I just want you to get
comfortable.
Do a little bit of the shifting back and
forth.
[MUSIC]
You can do it on any of those strings.
The D string is usually the least
annoying.
And again, first to third and first to
second.
[MUSIC]
And
just spend a little time everyday on that.
Go slow, try to get it right.
No matter how long it takes to go from one
note to the next,
just make sure you're hitting correctly.
If you're playing like-
[MUSIC]
No matter how many times you're doing it,
again as we know, you know, we don't want
to practice it wrong.
We're just getting better at doing it
wrong.
So, just take the time you need.
If you can do it a couple of times,
perfect.
Slow.
That's great.
Come back to it the next day.
[MUSIC]