In this lesson, you’ll learn about the concept of playing in position: three fingers that will cover notes on three adjacent frets. We’ll use these three fingers to play a partial A minor scale, and follow up with a simple tune that uses just six notes from this scale. We’ll also spend some more time talking about note values and musical notation.
Playing “in position” means that we essentially assign a finger to each fret within a four fret range. Most people’s fingers can comfortably reach three frets with three fingers: on the first string, try covering the first fret with the index finger, the second fret with the middle finger, and the third fret with the ring finger. This allows you to reach all three notes without having having to move your hand. We’ll be adding the pinky or fourth finger a little later, but for right now we’ll stick with three. We could say that this melody is in the first position because the first finger (index) is covering the notes on the first fret. This might also be referred to as the open position, because melodies on the first three frets often incorporate open strings as well. Brought to you by:
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