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Articulation, Vibrato and Gamakas on Violin

Articulation refers to the different bowing gestures on the violin. In the middle of a long, sustained note, each vibration of the violin string is nearly identical to the one that preceded it. The violin is said to be in a steady state. Of greater importance are differences in violin sounds coming from the transients: the short lived effects at the beginning and end of each note. These are achieved by different articulations or bowing styles.

In western terminologies, some common articulation techniques include:

  • Col legno
  • Collé
  • Pizzicato
  • Spiccato
  • Sul ponticello
  • Sul tasto
  • Tremolo
  • Glissando

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