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Bowing techniques explained - Mattias Westlund - 06-14-2016

I was going to write something about what all those words in Italian mean in your sample library, but then I found this clear and concise wikipedia article that explains everything better than I ever could.

Be aware thought that just because a developer knows how to record awsome orchestral samples doesn't mean they have their string instrument terminology down pat. I have seen examples of détaché, spiccato and martellato being used to describe articulations that sound exactly the same though they're technically different things. And some libs confusingly mix general musical terms like staccato and marcato with bowing techniques (e.g. a staccato note can be played with a spiccato technique, or not). So tread carefully.


RE: Bowing techniques explained - fabiolcati - 06-22-2016

Often the same Italian word doesn't mean the same thing to more than one Italian-speaking people too. Smile


RE: Bowing techniques explained - Mattias Westlund - 06-22-2016

(06-22-2016, 02:10 PM)fabiolcati Wrote: Often the same Italian word doesn't mean the same thing to more than one Italian-speaking people too. Smile

Well there's that, too Smile Sweden isn't a big country but still regional and dialectual differences can vary wildly when it comes to certain words. So there's no surprise that this happens to an even larger extent in bigger countries.


RE: Bowing techniques explained - fabiolcati - 06-22-2016

The most important thing is that it means the same at least to all the string players involved in a single session.

Interesting Wikipedia article. Thank you for sharing.