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e. Octaves.
The pizzicato.
The most usual method of playing pizzicato is by means of the index finger of the right hand, by which the string is gripped and plucked. The thumb is placed against the fingerboard. In pieces to be played pizzicato through­out, the thumb may be employed. In this case the violin is held down (underneath the right arm), as, for instance, in the Serenade in Don Giovanni, when the violin replaces the mandoline:
The sign used is pizz its cessation, arco. The pizzi­cato is also possible with the left hand, and is chiefly thus employed when notes played by the bow and pizzi­cato notes follow each other quickly. Left hand pizzicato is indicated by + over the notes, and is usually executed by the finger which has pressed down the preceding note, or else with the fourth finger.
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