Here, Mike talks explains the idea of positions. Everything in the series so far has been primarily out of first position. First position being the pointer finger playing the first fret. Third position being where the pointer finger plays on the fifth fret.
- Okay, in this song, "Creek Tune"…the A part stays right down here…in first position as we call it.…We'll talk a little bit about positions for a moment.…So far everything we've played…has been out of first position.…All of the tunes we've learned…and all of the scales…and even most of your chords…have been down here in first position.…What we mean by positions is…if I say third position what I'm talking about…is your first finger is going to replace your third finger.…
So for instance, on this high A note…we usually play that with our third finger.…If we move our first finger up to that point…we now are in third position…and this whole B section of Salt Creek starts…up here in this third position…and then it shifts back to this position…which is really second position…because your first finger is now playing where your G note…would usually be played with your second finger,…it's now being played with your first finger…and then it shifts back to third position…and then it goes to first position for the tag.…
So something to think about, you know,…
This course is part two of the Mandolin Lessons series, which includes hundreds of lessons, exclusive performances, and special guest interviews. Make sure to check out the exercise files for downloadable tab, audio samples, and other study materials.
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- Adjusting your action
- Changing strings and tuning the mandolin
- Playing a 1-6-2-5 progression
- Understanding moveable chords
- Practicing mandolin
- Playing blues on the mandolin
- Playing kickoffs