This is probably a very simplistic question but I'm a beginner and if I don't ask, how will I know? I play at a bluegrass/folk music jam session every Sunday. When it came my turn to choose a song, I chose "You are My Sunshine". It's simple and I know it fairly well. I play it in D. The banjo player suggested we play it in A since our "D" pitch singer wasn't there and he was going to be the singer. I know that D and A are fairly similar keys. The mandoline player said to just bump up a string. But I start the song on the D and work up the E so if I started on the A I would run out of strings. I don't know 2nd position yet, so that's out. Would I, instead, bump DOWN a string and start with the A on the G string? That would mean every note would bump up one finger.
Is it really that simple or am I totally screwed up? I haven't learned to play by ear so if I don't have sheet music in front of me I am completely lost. This is becoming a big problem that I need to work on.
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