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Violin 101: What Is Spiccato? Learn About Spiccato Bowing Technique and the Difference Between Spiccato and Other Violin Techniques

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 3 min read

If you’ve ever heard the violin pyrotechnics of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, then you’re familiar with spiccato, the “off the string” violin technique that allows virtuoso players to race across the violin’s fingerboard and strings.