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Crazymotive
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A while back a friend of mine who plays flute in an orchestra was telling me that there is a particular piece of music he's heard that has a part where the violin section actually plays the strings using the wood of the bow rather than the hairs. I guess what this would entail is literally turning the bow upside down and stroking with the wood. he said the idea was to produce a sort of light airy ethereal sound.

Anyway I tried playing like that and I can understand what he meant. I can see where an entire violin section playing that way would create a rather strange and almost mysterious sound.

Now comes the hard part. Has anyone ever heard this piece or can anyone name it. So far I am drawing a total blank.

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May be you are referring to col legno.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col_legno 

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Now I'm not sure where to put my rosin?  dunnodunnodunno

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Oliver said

Now I'm not sure where to put my rosin?  dunnodunnodunno

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Yes this is right, we use col legno every once in a while when the parts call for it. However, we don't turn the bow upside down. Just turn it so much that it is laying mostly on the stick and a little on the hair. Also, it is used more often for hitting the notes than playing long notes.

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May be you are referring to col legno.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col_legno 

This is exactly what I was thinking of. Very interesting. And I'm pretty sure that one of the pieces mentioned in the article is what my friend was thinking of

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