How to Play Violin/Techniques

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  • Arco is when you play with the bow.
  • Vibrato is the slight movement back and forth of the finger to produce a wavy sound.
  • Tremolo is the rapid movement of the bow, marked by three slashes through the note.
  • Trill is a rapid playing of the marked note and the note one step above, marked by a wavy line above the note.
  • Col legno is when you tap the string with the wood of the bow.
  • Pizzicato is when you pluck the strings.
  • Slur is when you play multiple notes on one bowing, marked with a curving line connecting the slurred notes.
  • Double stop Playing multiple notes, usually two at once. When a player plays across three or four strings, the chord will not sound exactly together.