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Michael Sanchez

There are 11 positions on the violin! That sounds really intimidating to the pure beginner, but that is the truth. Here is the order that you typically learn various positions on the violin.

1st position – Students should stay in first position for at least a year.
3rd position – This is always the next position students should learn. It opens up your ability to play higher notes. I suggest not going onto the next position until you practice third position for at least 6 months.
5th position – This opens up new notes all the way up to F#. Many students learn 1,3,5 in the first 2-3 years of playing.
2nd position – You are probably wondering why this was skipped! There isn’t as much need to learn second position compared to 3rd position. But after 3 years it is important to be able to play it, especially when you are playing in the key of F.
7th position – This position opens you up all the way to high A. I recommend not learning it until year 5, and by knowing it, you will be able to play the majority of music in orchestra.
9th position – 9th position or 4th position could be next, depending on the teacher. It all just fills in the gaps and allows you to play different combinations and avoid string crossings.
4th position – This position can get tricky when you really have a clear understanding of 1-3-5. It is like learning a new language as at this point you are very used to those other positions. Just takes a lot of drills and etude exercises.
11th position – You would think this would be last, but it actually comes next because it fulfills the path to play the rest of your 3 octave scales.
6th position – Very difficult position to master, takes a lot of time and practice. I would say this is around year 8+.
8th position – Same thing regarding difficulty but even harder. I would say year 10+. You really don’t see it very often.
10th position – I think I’ve done it 2-3 times in my career? Very rare position.

Let me know if you guys have any other questions!