Pronunciation: flau-TAHN-do

What is Flautando?

Flautando is a directive in music reserved for string instruments such a the violin, viola, and cello. It means “flute-like,” in Italian, and tells the string player to create a soft, flute-like sound. It involves moving the blow very lightly on the sting near or on the fingerboard.

Key Takeaways

  1. Flautando is a musical directive for string instruments such as the violin, viola, and cello.
  2. Flautando produces a thin, soft, and mellow sound.
  3. Flautando is played by applying a light bow pressure on a string near the fingerboard and moving it at a faster speed.

Understanding Flautando

String players apply light pressure on the string with a fast bow speed, creating a mellow, warm sound. The goal is to achieve a soft, thin tone similar to the sound of a flute.

Flautando is often used interchangeably with Sul Tasto, which means “on the touch,” in Italian. It is a musical technique that is similar in style, but not all Flautando is played Sul Tasto.

Related Terms

Dynamics Dynamics is the term that conveys the variation in loudness between notes or phrases in musical composition. more

Decrescendo Decrescendo is a type of dynamic change in a musical composition. more

Fortissimo Fortissimo is a type of musical dynamic that means “very loud.” more

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