3rd Position Encouragement
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3rd Position Encouragement
Apr 26 2007, 05:24 PM
Joined: 19-April 07
Member No.: 10804
My daughter recently started working towards her grade 3 violin exam and is tackling 3rd position. She's finding it really difficult and no amount of encouragement seems to help. ;o( Can anyone suggest any ways I can help her to regain her enjoyment of playing and/or any 3rd position tips?
*edit* sorry, I think this is probably on the wrong forum but I can't work out how to move it to the strings one!
Apr 27 2007, 03:13 PM
Joined: 18-January 07
Member No.: 9111
Crumbs, I didn't remember 3rd position coming in that early.
..... It was always 2nd and 4th position that phased me most...
Almost word for word what I was going to say (IMG:style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif)
If it's possible to find a piece/study that would be hideous to play in 1st position (i.e with lots of evil string-crossings etc?), but really easy in 3rd then that would be good. That's what my teacher got me to do, (but of course I can't remember the name of the piece or composer (IMG:style_emoticons/default/dry.gif) ).
I found it really good because with my grade 3 pieces I always thought "what's the point of playing this in 3rd when it's so much easier in 1st???" as well.
And unfortunatly (prepare yourself for the clichÃ©)........practice makes perfect. (*cringe* I sound like my mum (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wacko.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif) )
Apr 27 2007, 04:38 PM
Joined: 5-February 07
From: Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Member No.: 9360
If it's possible to find a piece/study that would be hideous to play in 1st position (i.e with lots of evil string-crossings etc?), but really easy in 3rd then that would be good.
There are two books you can get for cello, one is Go Fourth and one is Taylor-Made Pieces (the composer is Lorna Taylor, hence the 'Taylor-Made'). These books involve no position shifts, but are pieces written for whichever position it's dealing with, with the aim of teaching and reinforcing fingerboard geography. Go Fourth is 4th position, Taylor-made does 1/2, lower 2nd, upper 2nd, 3rd and extensions!
Maybe some of the violinists in here can say if there are violin equivalent books/exercises/pieces/etc?
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