So I've taken a leap and have attended my first rehearsal with the Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra!
First thing - what a friendly, welcoming bunch that is! #I think it's going to be loads of fun and I'll grow as a person and muscian by being involved with them. #I've never played in an orchestra (though was heavy in to choir in HS and college) so I'm sure I'll be learning a lot about how a string orchestra operates.
My question is around deciding what position to play a certain musical phrase. #The phrase I'm thinking of could be played with 3 small successive shifts to 2, 3 and 4th position. #Or it could be played with one big shift to 4th position (my current vote).
Since this is my first foray outside of fiddle tunes (which don't do a lot of shifting), I don't know the accepted practices in an orchestral environment. #
I suspect it's possible that for intonation purposes, all mandolins playing the line might need to agree on the position. #Or it might be up to the individual player. #And the guidelines might vary by orchestra, depending on how classically rigorous they've decided to be.