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Double stops on pizzicato

I disagree with Lazy; it's very doable to pluck two strings simultaneously with two fingers. It could be considered a bit of an "extended technique," but is certainly not the hardest or most ...
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How is pitch controlled when executing a left-hand pizzicato on a violin?

As you surmise, one (on any string instrument) must finger the note with an upper finger, usually the pointer, and pluck with a lower finger. I'll point out in passing that this generally produces a ...
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How to pluck fast 16th notes on cello

There are multiple possible ways how this passage (Jupiter, bars 170-190 that would be, I presume) could be played. I'll discuss three of them: Two-hands, single-finger, single-string Here's a ...
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How can I create a tie or slur that goes to nothing in MuseScore 3 (let ring notation)?

The Laissez Vibrer (let ring) symbol can be found in the articulation palette: The default placement of this symbol is directly above/below the note head (which is annoying), but it can be positioned ...
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Can you actually play pizzicato with regular bowed notes ( at the same time )?

is that what is happening? It certainly is. Is that even a thing? It wasn't before Paganini came along. He was the best violinist in the world in his day. Initially his problem was that extant ...
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Pizzicato notation

@feetwet Right hand pizzicato is, as you wrote, indicated with "pizz.". There is no reason to make any other symbol for that; you can say that the word "pizz." has become the ...
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Violin bowing techniques

Absolutely; you just write a little marking to indicate to the performer when to switch between pizzicato and regular bowing. In the score, we use the call arco to signal that the performer should bow ...
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Other strings vibrating when playing pizzicato on Violin

These are called sympathetic vibrations, and they happen because the note you're playing is an overtone of one of the open strings. This can be demonstrated very reliably on a properly tuned piano: ...
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Why is the D string so loud compared the other strings on Violin (when doing pizzicato)?

As I've said in the comments, open strings are generally a little louder than they would be if they had fingers on them. The fact that you say your G string is actually quieter than the D string ...
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Can left-hand pizzicato be balanced between open and stopped strings?

LH pizz is easiest and sounds best when you can get the most distance between the "plucking finger" and the "stopping finger." In other words, if the tempo allows, stop with 1st ...
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What does it mean when the same note with the same length is on the same stem for the same instrument?

The first chord is on the open C and G strings. The second chord is G on the C string, open G on the G string, and the octave G on the D string. So yes, three strings total.
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Double stops on pizzicato

While it would be theoretically possible to pluck multiple strings at once it is quite uncommon to do so. But it is possible to pluck across multiple strings quite rapidly so it sounds simultaneous. ...
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Does the pizzicato apply to the 2nd Violins or the Violas?

The pizzicato marking refers to the second violins. Here's the same passage in a different edition:
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Pizzicato notation

I dropped in to say "Indicating LH pizz with an open circle? Baloney! I've never seen that," but I thought I'd do my homework first. Indeed, it looks like Paganini did that himself in the ...
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How to pluck fast 16th notes on cello

It should be possible - with a minor alteration to how the bow is held during pizz. - to pluck with alternating index and middle finger, like a bass guitarist or classical guitarist. You may find ...
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Violin bowing techniques

You probably don't mean "legato" as much as you mean "arco" (namely bowed as opposed to plucked). Yes, using pizzicato and arco next to each other is quite possible as violinists don't necessarily ...
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Pizzicato notation

I believe in the Paganini the circle indicates a specific type of LH pizz., like a pull off on a guitar. While the original question of why not a symbol instead of writing "pizz." and "...
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What is this viola music notation symbol?

The online Dolmetsch shows a similar symbol, minus the horizontal line, as a 'snap pizzicato," aka "Bartok pizz." Seeing as the referenced score (PDF) has no publisher given, let alone ...
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Is there a way for one player to have a solo but the rest of the instrument keep playing?

Each of the sections with a soloist should split into two staves for the solo. Connect these staves with a thin margin bracket. Mark the solo staff solo, and the other staff gli altri (the others). ...
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Double stops on pizzicato

It's cool to write double (or 3 or 4 note chords) stops for pizzicato or arco on violin. Aim for using as many open strings (G, D, A, E) in the chords as much as possible, because that will encourage ...
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How can I create a tie or slur that goes to nothing in MuseScore 3 (let ring notation)?

If you select your first note and then add a slur, the slur will point to "nothing". Alternatively, you can use a "Let Ring", but this is more guitar-oriented.
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How can I create a tie or slur that goes to nothing in MuseScore 3 (let ring notation)?

Personally I never use the l.v. symbol since it's a bit cumbersome. You need to manually position it correctly. This also means that if you do a bit more complicated layout adjustments you'll need to ...
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Anyone know how to get Sibelius to playback pizzicato at a softer dynamic level without writing the dynamic ridiculously soft?

Play|Instrument Changes|New Instrument Change select the instrument(s) and adjust the volume
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Violin pizzicato with other fingers

I wouldn't suggest using your other fingers much when playing pizzicato. You should only use them when needed (like your example). You should try to use your index finger for pizzicato as much as ...
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Is pizzicato louder than finger picking?

“Pizzicato” may be performed on guitars as well as the other string members. The technique on both instruments exists in a dynamic curve and can be played any volume from “ppp” to snap pizz. Violins ...
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