THE ORCHESTRA: A USER'S MANUAL

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Introduction Orchestration Orchestration Resources Historical Andrew Hugill
  Philharmonia

CELLO


Section: Strings
Transposing? No

Construction
Range
Bowing
Plucking
Left Hand
Mute/Harmonics
Chords
Extended
Player's Tips and Tricks

Links

Plucking

NAME
DESCRIPTION
NOTATION
LISTEN/VIEW
COMMENTS
pizzicato
plucking the string, as opposed to bowing
pizz

pizz
pizzicato chords

soft
loud

 Players may put down the bow for extended pizzicato sections.
snap ('Bartok') pizzicato
pulling the string upwards and allowing it to 'snap' sharply against the fingerboard
snap pizz
snap pizz Often used by Béla Bartók, hence the nickname. Works best loud.
nail pizzicato
plucking with the fingernail
nail pizz
nail pizz Can be painful for the player. Use with caution.
glissando
plucked glissando
gliss pizz

pizzicato glissando

Note that it is possible to make a gliss away from an open string.
pizzicato tremolo
rapid motion of the finger against the string

pizz
  Possible, but not particularly effective on the cello.
strumming
strummed chords
normal pizz notation

strumming

Make sure the chords are simple!
left hand pizz
plucked with left hand rather than bowing hand
+ (over note)
left hand pizz Rare on the cello, but may be combined with arco. The fingerings need to be carefully considered.