My understanding of how a violin works is: the left hand controls the pitch by pressing down on a certain position on the string. This changes the length of the vibrating section and therefore pitch. The right hand controls the duration and dynamics of the note. A guitar also works this way.
It would appear to me that one can only do left hand pizzicato on open strings, because no matter where you pluck the string, the note is the same. Obviously I am wrong. But how?
Do they use two fingers to execute one pizzicato?, i.e. the finger further away from the player controls the pitch, while the finger closer the player actually plucks the string? That would seem incredibly difficult!