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First Position?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by JohnBarr, Sep 9, 2005.

  1. JohnBarr


    Mar 19, 2004
    Central NY
    What does the phrase "first position" mean?

    First finger on the first fret?


  2. First position is when you are playing you use the notes between frets 1-4. Maybee frets 5 if you don't like playing open strings.
  3. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Depends on the literature. The position FreeSpirit describes is called "half position" for double bassists, and I call it that for electric as well. First position is one fret higher.
  4. CrazyArcher


    Aug 5, 2004
    Positions have numbers according to the fretwhere the 1st finger is. This way, 1st position is as you told, JohnBarr.
  5. To me, 1st finger on 1st fret = 1st position, 1st finger on 3rd fret = 3rd position, and so on. This is possibly because I come from a classical guitar background, and that's how it's done there.