Scordatura tuning

Retuning the strings. Notated with a verbal instruction to retune, possibly with an additional staff to show new tunings. Retuning takes time and care. Rare, but possible on the cello. Restrict retunings to a tone, preferably flattening.
Scordatura tuning:

Tap instrument

Tapping the body of the instrument with fingers or with the bow. Notated with a verbal instruction, with x-shaped noteheads for extended passages. Tapping the body or the shoulder of the cello with knuckles or palm is acceptable. Using bow or other beaters is NOT!.
Tapping the instrument:

Play behind bridge

Playing the strings between the bridge and the tailpiece. Notated with a verbal instruction, with x-shaped noteheads if necessary. The standard bowing and plucking techniques may be used for this effect.

Play behind bridge:

 

 

Bow tailpiece

Bowing the tailpiece. Notated with a verbal instruction. Soft, ghostly sounds.
Bowing the tailpiece:

quartertones

Microtones


Intervals smaller than a semitone. Notations vary, but the examples above show a microtonal inflection and a quartertone. Microtones are tricky to pitch, and can easily sound like 'out of tune' playing, particularly if attempted by an entire section at once!
Microtones:

'Silent' fingering

Fingering pitches with the left hand without bowing or plucking the strings. Notated with a verbal instruction. Rarely used. Very quiet. Silent fingering:

 

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