pizzicato

Plucking the string, as opposed to bowing (arco). Notated pizz. Players may put the bow down for extended pizzicato passages.
piano
Pizzicato:
Pizzicato chords:
soft
loud

snap pizz. (Bartok pizz.)

Pulling the string upwards and allowing it to 'snap' sharply against the fingerboard. Notated snap pizz. Often used by Béla Bartók, hence the nickname.
Snap:
snap pizz

nail pizzicato

Plucking with the fingernail. Notated nail pizz. Can be painful for the player. Use with caution..
Nail pizz:

 

 

 

 

 

pizzicato tremolo

Rapid motion of the finger against the string. Notated pizz trem. Possible, but not particularly effective on the cello.

 

 

 

glissando

Plucked glissando, notated gliss pizz. Note that it is possible to make a gliss away from an open string.
Pizzicato glissando:

Strumming

Strummed chords. Notated as normal pizz. Make sure the chord shapes are simple!
strumming
Strumming:

left hand pizz

Plucked with left hand rather than bowing hand. Notated with a + over the note. Rare on the cello, but may be combined with arco. The fingerings need to be carefully considered.
Left hand pizz:


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