Something I'm fooling around with. I originally learned violin with positions - the result was a quick ability to play in 1st and 3rd. However, learning other positions then became very hard as I had to relate each note to these or go into never never land.
What I'm doing now is starting from the open string and practising playing any note with all the fingers. Thus, for example, I play E on the D string and then shift up to C# (on the same string). This is followed by playing F# and making the same shift, G and then A. The idea (naive perhaps) is to set up the position of the high C# in my mind so that any finger can hit it. Its an amazing feature of the brain that it can remember position very well - and that position learning (and the motor skill that goes with it) is one of the most basic ones we have. This way I hope to establish each note in my mind independently of position. The next step will be to create maps that link the positions. No positions, just notes.
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