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Hi Beth, I've tried to find this answer on the web, but to no avail. I'm reading a musical score and above many of the notes are either a single number (2,3,4) or those same numbers along with a zero which is placed between the 2/3/4 and the note. Do these indicate 2nd third forth positions? And if so, what does the zero represent? Thanks, Ray
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Posted: July 4, 2011
Last Comment: July 4, 2011

Posted: July 4, 2011
Morning Tomi, Beth, The piece was written by Charles Dancla in about 1876. The piece was written for 4 violins. Thanks for the help. On another topic,while I have you on the wire, I was just listening to Sarah Chang play Vivaldi the Four Seasons and I remembered the video on Expressive Phrasing. So I listened specifically for the those repetions and was curious how Sarah Chang would change those measures and then I actually started to hear what she was doing. I started imagining (I have a great imagination) applying the pressure, bow position, speed. And lastly, over the last couple of weeks I started to apply more focus during practicing and I noticed bad habits like my left hand was not perfectly straight so I've gone back to those basic lessons. Cheers again for the help with Dancla. Ray

Beth Blackerby
Posted: July 4, 2011
I agree with Tomi. That would be my guess as well. They sound like fingerings. Position changes are not usually indicated but are sometimes with Roman numerals. The fingerings will tell you when a shift should be made. Is your score a piece for violin solo?

Posted: July 4, 2011
Zero means open string. When there's zero and something else, it is just alternatives. I've seen this only in suzuki books so far and only in case of 0/4 meaning open string or fourth finger on a lower string.

I'd guess that if there is alternatives zero and something else than 4, it means you need to shift so that you use the finger given. For example 0/1 on top of E note would mean open E or alternatively shift to 4th position on A string with 1st finger.

Beth can confirm if my logic is correct :)