Definition and background:
Directive for a musician to play a stringed instrument with a bow as opposed to plucked or pizzicato. See also col arco.The bow of a stringed instrument. the bow used for playing some string instrument; i.e., played with the bow, as opposed to pizzicato (plucked), in music for bowed instruments; normally used to cancel a pizzicato directionis used as an indication to string-players that they should use the bow, rather than pluck with the fingers (see pizzicato)
Bowed passage, to use the bow, in music it tells you to use the bow on this passage
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