When looking at a piece of music for the first time..
apart from noticing the obvious (key, time signature, repeats,) there is something that always puzzles me - that is, at which point do you start to play a piece in one of the suggested Simandl's positions relative to the key? In other words, if looking at a piece in the key of E, for argument's sake, is the default Simadl's suggested position, until you've run thru the music a few times to understand the range (leaps?) Or is the general rule that, if you can quickly determine the range, you should play where most confortable, which may well mean playing in one or more positions?
Thanks for reading!