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Ponticello

This is an Italian word that roughly translates to “little bridge” in English. It is most used in notation and orchestration as sul ponticello – “on the bridge” – to designate a string part (e.g., violin or cello) which should be played with a bow as close to the bridge as possible. By bowing in this manner, the instrument’s sound becomes brighter with more upper harmonics. This is the same effect guitarists get when playing right in front of the bridge.

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