At the beginning of the title sequence of "The Night Of" the double bass is clearly plucked, but I'm not entirely sure about the higher cello part? Is it simply a (very) dry staccato? There's just so much - I don't know how to describe it - maybe texture (?), that I'm wondering if it's simply bowed?

Edit: just realised the bass is two double basses: one bowed, one plucked.

Edit: took an attempt to transcribe the music: https://musescore.com/user/24361621/scores/4810734


The bow is kind of dropped onto the string, and immediately removed, so it bounces.

Called spiccato, or brush stroke.

  • Thanks! So the pizzicato-ish sound underneath is part of the spiccato? Or do you think there's separate strings doing pizzicato as well? – Creynders Nov 12 '17 at 10:26

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