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    DanoSurfs29
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    Just wondering what people have used personally, with students and what they recommend for learning the first position. Also what do you recommend for thumb placement in first position. I’ve heard placing the thumb over or just above where your index finger is placed which would be “A” on the “G” string and ive also seen people push there thumb right up against where the neck meets the base of the scroll.

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    Anteros
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    I use green painter’s tape – it’s what my teacher recommended. It’s cheap, you can buy it just about anywhere and it doesn’t leave behind a sticky residue.

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    Shiroi98
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    Personally I used a Japanese Washi Tape : https://www.etsy.com/shop/PrettyTape

    That I got from Target. It had 6 stripes of black and white, I cut it into 3 strips of two stripes each and place them on the first, third and fourth finger positions. I skipped the second finger because my teacher said I should listen for the changes.. After a while you will be able to do without them and listen for the right notes 🙂

    Good luck!

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    DanoSurfs29
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    Thanks for the responses 🙂 . I picked up some pin striping for cars on amazon.ca for 2.99$$ and that works really well and doesn’t leave any sticky residue behind. I think it was 1/8″ width. My teacher used different tapes and since showing her that product she is now using it . I also picked up a fretless finger guide which is vinyl and not sticky at all. Seems to work really well :-). My teacher hasn’t had any studens use it before so I’m the test subject I guess.

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    Christie Nicklay
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    Hey Dano… At first, I put red car striping tape on my violin neck. When I upgraded to the Vitale, I wanted to leave the tapes behind (EEK!), which I did; however, I still needed a reminder as to where to put my thumb. As you stated, and in my case too, my thumb lines up with my 1st finger notes…SO… I put a red dot on the side of the neck where my thumb goes. Without looking, I can feel the small sticker and know that my thumb is in place resulting in the rest of my fingers landing correctly too.

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