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  • A really cool trick with a bowed string instrument (violin, viola, cello, etc.) where the strings are played with the wooden portion of the bow instead of with the hairs.

    September 4, 2008

  • Professional orchestral violinists often keep a second (cheap) bow to use when a composer calls for extended passages of col legno, because it's very bad for the bow! (And some of the good bows are made from beautiful, and now rare/endangered, species of wood.)

    September 4, 2008

  • Oh! Very interesting. I'm always fascinated by unexpected usages of Italian words. :-)

    September 4, 2008

  • Italian - with wood. You probably all got that by now *sigh* Col legno includes the definite article 'il' but is effectively the same term.

    September 4, 2008