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A pizzicato effect is created on a string instrument when the player plucks the string instead of bowing it.

This means that in order to create this sound, you pluck or pull down on a string rather than pushing up.

The pizzicato technique can be used for many different instruments but is most often associated with violins and cellos.

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It was originally referred to as ‘pizzicato secco’ which translates literally to “plucked dry,” meaning without dampening the strings after playing them.

The pizzicato effect is created when the player plucks a string rather than bowing it. 

There are three main types of pizzicato:

Hard (the finger or fingers press down strongly enough so that they remain pressed),

Soft (only touching lightly) and Mixed (pressing down at one point then moving


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