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which is a half step higher than E, the tone of the open string.

Now put your second finger on the E string about three-
quarters of an inch beyond the first finger. This gives you the
tone G, which is a whole step higher than F.

To make F sharp, move your first finger up close to the
position for G. The F sharp position is a whole step higher
than the open string.

Practice playing E, F, F sharp and G on the E string until
you can make all the notes clearly.

Then proceed to the A string (Fig. 67.) Put the first finger on
the A string a whole step higher than the open string. This
gives you the tone B.

Put the second finger close to B (a half step from it). This
will give you C. Notice that C on the A string and G on the E
string are exactly side by side.

Next comes the D string. (Fig. 68.) Put the first finger on the
D string a whole step higher than the open string. This gives
you the tone E.

Put the second finger close to E (a half step beyond it).
This gives you F. Notice that the fingers are placed on the D
string exactly as they are placed on the A string. To make F
sharp (which you will need), put the second finger on the D
string a whole step beyond E.

Now you are ready for the G string. (Fig. 69.) You will have
to press your fingers down firmly on this heavy string to get
clear, resonant notes.

Put the first finger on the G string a whole step higher than
the open string. This gives you the tone A.

Put the second finger a whole step from A. This gives you B.
Notice that A is exactly side by side with E and B on the D and
A strings.

The notes shown in Fig. 69 are shown again in Fig. 70, as
they appear on the musical staff. Fig. 71 shows you all the notes
mentioned so far, including open string notes, as they appear
on the staff.

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