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Okay in the Salt Creek tune the A part
stays right
down here in first position as we call it.
I'll talk a little bit about positions for
a moment.
So far everything we've played has been
out of first position.
All of the tunes we've learned.
And all of the the scales and
cho, even most of your chords have been
down here in first position.
What we mean by positions is, if I say
third position
what I'm talking about is your first
finger is gonna replace your third finger.
So for instance, on this high A note, we
usually play that with our third finger.
If we, moved our first finger up to that
We now are in third position.
And this whole B section of Salt Creek
starts up here in this.
Third position, and then it shifts back to
this position, which is really second
position because your first finger
is now playing where your G note would
usually be played with your second finger,
it's now being played with your, with your
first finger.
And then it shifts back to third position,
then it goes to first position for the
So something to think about, you know,
playing in different positions.
We use it to get up the neck.
And as the lessons progress, I'll bring
you up further and
further up the neck, but for now, we're
mainly concerned
with first position and for the first
time, third position.