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Valentin Bashaev
I'm a bit confused with this video. I thought positions were independent of scales, like if I go to 3rd position my 1st finger will land on where the 3rd finger was in '23' pattern regardless of scale, unless I choose to go 'low 1' and lower it to reach down. Otherwise I would use 2nd finger. But if I got it correctly here it is suggested that to play Amaj in 3rd position I need to start with 1st finger on C#, not the 2nd! So the travelled distance from 1st to 3rd position becomes dependent on scale? Is that correct?

Valentin Bashaev
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Posted: October 31, 2011
Last Comment: October 31, 2011

Beth Blackerby
Posted: October 31, 2011
Hi Valentin, I know this is all quite confusing. I have a few other videos that I did on positions a while back. I don't know if you've had a chance to see those. Just go to the library and search tag word "positions". Let me know if they help clear up the confusion, and if not, I'll make another video. I wasn't entirely sure of your question, so don't hesitate to ask a long- winded overly-detailed question.

Posted: October 31, 2011
Hi Valentin - are you referring to the PDF that goes with this lesson?  This shows that the first finger does play C# , but it's on the G string.  This is the correct starting note for third position on that string - in first position, the third finger hits C, so in third position as you state, it's the first finger that plays the C.  Here is's C# so you have to reach up for it - high first finger.  Perhaps you were thinking about C# / D on the A string rather than G string?

Hope this helps.