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Violin 101: What Is Detaché? Learn About the Violin Technique and the Difference Between Detaché and Martelé

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 3 min read

There are many ways to play a stringed instrument such as a violin. On one extreme is the legato technique, which is fluid and continuous and involves slurring one note into the next. On the other extreme are various staccato techniques, where each note is played briskly with extreme separation between each sounded pitch. But what if you, as a player or composer, are seeking a sound somewhere in between these extremes? Fortunately there is a playing technique that strikes a middle ground: detaché.