Definition and background:
A directive to violin (or a bowed string instrument) musicans to perform a particular passage by striking the strings with the wood of the bow rather than with the hair. with the wood; i.e., the strings (for example, of a violin) are to be struck with the wood of the bow, making a percussive sound; also battuta col legno: beaten with the woodstriking the string of a violin with the stick
The bow stick is used to hit the strings
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