May 30, 2015 at 7:08 pm #2197
How many Positions are on the violin? I’m still in Position 1 but I was curious.May 30, 2015 at 7:19 pm #2198
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!May 30, 2015 at 7:48 pm #2203
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Great question David!
Michael, is there some kind of visual chart showing the different positions and where they are played?May 31, 2015 at 4:11 pm #2238
Amazing! I thought there were only 3or4 at the most!May 31, 2015 at 10:34 pm #2258
That is a great video idea! Post here if you are interested in me doing that sooner than later. I might be able to squeeze it in later this week! Let me know if you are interested.May 31, 2015 at 10:52 pm #2261
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I would be interested…not that I am anywhere close to moving out of 1st position, but it would be nice to see how the other positions are played.June 2, 2015 at 11:32 pm #2409
I would be interested in learning a new Position. I’ve been in 1st position for a year now. So, you said the next position taught is 3rd? At least learning where the notes are in 3rd position and applying that to my warm-ups along with scales.June 3, 2015 at 6:52 pm #2439
The first steps would be learning how to play the C Major scale in 2 octaves, and then D Major in 2 octaves. I would suggest watching this video on violin shifting to get the concept first. Here is a good resource for violin scales that you can utilize. It goes in progression of the scales I would try to work on.June 3, 2015 at 9:15 pm #2447
I will apply working on shifting into my daily violin practice. Great Video Michael!June 14, 2015 at 12:44 am #2854
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I’ve been wondering about this. Seems like I’m pretty well on schedule 🙂
I don’t personally need the chart, but I certainly think it would be great to see for those who are still in first position. I remember being very intrigued when I first saw one!
I think my real motivation, however, came from needing to play a song that went a couple notes higher than what I could currently play, haha.
Could you possibly create a video that would provide examples for where certain even-numbered positions would be more useful than their odd-numbered neighbors? I.e., second vs. first/third?
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