If not, how long was it from your first lessons before you began position-playing?
I practically started violin training in 3rd position. Before beginning lessons with my first teacher, I had already been fingering and bowing 1st-position tunes from what was to become my first instruction book; and I could play randomly in higher positions by ear. I couldn't explain now how I managed this, but somehow I did.
My teacher introduced me to 3rd position when I was only 10-12 weeks into lessons. She felt I was ready. She was right.
Some years afterward, in my later teens, I acquired a stack of old violin method books and repertoire sheet music from the estate of a family friend and neighbor who had been a professional violinist. In the collection is a vintage book titled Preliminary Hand Training for Violinists by Lillian Shattuck, whose name comes up near the end of the Great female violinists of the past thread.
Shattuck's book advocates starting violin pupils in 3rd position instead of 1st. Is this approach being used at all today? To me, 3rd position is home position -- just as the ASDFGHJKL;' row of the computer/typewriter keyboard is home row to typing students. For years now, I've always started warm-up sessions in 3rd before moving down to 1st to open up the hand still more.
Please share your experiences.
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