THE ORCHESTRA: A USER'S MANUAL

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VIOLIN


Section: Strings
Transposing? No

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

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Plucking

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

pizz

G3
Bb3
Db4
C5
E5
Bb5
B5
G6

Players may put the bow down for extended pizzicato passages
snap ('Bartok') pizzicato
pulling the string upwards and allowing it to 'snap' sharply against the fingerboard
snap pizz

snap pizz

G3
Bb3
Db4
E5
Bb5
G6

Often used by Béla Bartók, hence the nickname.
nail pizzicato
plucking with the fingernail
nail pizz
nail pizz Avoid on the violin! Most violinists cut their fingernails.
glissando
plucked glissando
gliss pizz
G3
Bb3
Db4
F5
B5
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
pizz tremolo Tiring to execute for long periods on the violin and an uncontrolled effect.
quasi guitar
violin held sideways against the body and strummed
quasi guitar
  quasi guitar Make sure the chords are simple!
left hand pizz
plucked with left hand rather than bowing hand
+ (over note)
  Use with extreme caution. The fingerings need to be carefully considered.