Definition and background:
Two notes played simultaneously on a violin etc. using two separate strings. This term is applied not only if both strings are stopped by the finger, but also if one or both of the strings is open. the act of playing two notes simultaneously on a melodic percussion instrument or stringed instrumentthe holding down of two strings on a stringed instrument at the same time, so that they are played simultaneously
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