First position. Third position. Fourth, second, fifth, sixth, seventh, the gerbil zone (qv). I think thats the usual sequence for learning the violin - but then we hear no more. Some talk of 'relative position' but the question here is: when you play do you really know which position you are in?
For beginners through early advanced this may sound crazy but (and I hope this is a good sign) I have found that above 3rd, and maybe 4th I only figure out positon I'm in during a post-playing analysis NOT when I'm actually playing.
So I'm rather intrigued - when others play do they do so with a handy mental google-earth map map of where their hand is right up the keyboard? Or is it more that you play a note and either calculate the relative position of the next one or your brain simply plays it and if I were to ask you you would have to stop and figure it out?
Obviously this pertains more to advanced players than beginners or intermediates - but maybe some people never use a position map at all?
Perhaps the ultimate goal is to just 'know' where the note is with whatever finger so that it can be played in any context...
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