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Suzanne Cox
Moderator

Laurie Trlak, the stroke you are referring to is called col legno. You are right in saying it is not used very often. I have only seen it in orchestra music, I have yet to come across it in solo music. It is kind of a fun stroke, and gives a very different sound, but a lot of violinists don’t really like to do it because it is hard on the bow and tends to beat it up a bit. Sometimes when players are using expensive bows they will bring two bows on stage so that they can use the cheaper bow when this stroke comes up in the music.

Suzanne Cox
Violin Tutor Pro Teacher