14 violin positions
One of the most searched topic by violinists is the violin positions.
But it is sometimes difficult to find a graphic representation that shows us each and every one of the existing positions. We often can find patterns that show up to the seventh or eighth position.
Today, we present you an image that shows the 14 positions that are available on the violin and that hopefully will help you on your way to exploit, through technique and practice, all the possibilities of your instrument, to have new playing skills and to play new melodies.
The violin positions are closely related to violin shifting. This technique, consists of moving the left hand on the fingerboard, in order to reach higher notes and as a consequence, advanced violin positions. As the highest positions represent smaller spaces on the fingerboard, playing the last positions supposes to be more precise to play the right note. You will also be required to have a good flexibility to play them.
Technical level for each violin position
The first violin position is played by all violinists and especially beginners.
The third violin position is often found in advanced beginners or intermediate violinists melodies.
The fourth to the eight violin positions are played by advanced violinists.
Beyond the eight position, there are few melodies, for confirmed violonists and virtuoso.
Finger placement from the second to the fourth position
The positions on the violin are deeply related to violin shifting. This technique is to move with the left hand on the handle, which can reach higher notes and thus positions the violin, most advanced. To change position, so you have to move the fingers of the left hand and perform violin shifting.
Here is the finger placement for the top positions, see for yourself, it’s very easy to remember:
In the second position, the first finger should be placed where the second finger is placed in first position.
In third position, the first finger should be placed where the third finger is placed in first position.
In fourth position, the first finger should be placed where the fourth finger is placed in first position.