Violin 101: What Is Martelé? Learn About Martelé Bowing Technique and the Effect of Martelé Playing With Examples

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 3 min read

There are many ways to play stringed instruments like violin, viola, cello, or bass. On one extreme is the legato technique—a fluid and continuous bowing style that 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. Falling somewhere in between these extremes is the martelé technique.