sul tasto - Special playing styles - Philipp Dangas

sul tasto

Description of the playing technique sul tasto

If the point of attack of the bow is moved to the end of the fretboard, the sound becomes weaker and softer.

Reason for the sound produced with sul tasto:

The sound-sharpening overtones are suppressed. The sul tasto is used as a melodic means of expression to color the sound. The sul tasto can also be performed in such a way that when the bow is attacked, its upper octave (including the twelfth ) sounds at the same time as the fingered note, so that the note sounds soft like a flute. This type of execution is also called „flautato“ or „flautando“.

sul tasto as part of the „symphonic world music“

The relocation of the contact surface of the bow on the fingerboard means the possibility, in a cautiously operating set of instruments, to let the otherwise sound-sharpening high overtones of the violins sound softly and almost vaguely in the orchestra, without losing their recognition value.

Key data of the playing technique sul tasto

English: over the fingerboard
Italian: sul tasto
The bow sweeps the strings over the end of the fretboard
Quiet, covered sound.
on the fretboard or sul tasto indication on the staff.

Downloads for sul tasto - score by Gustav Mahler

Sound file for the score
"3rd Symphonie 3rd movement"
Download size: 245 kilobytes
PDF file for the score
"3rd Symphonie 3rd Movement"

Download size: 111 kilobytes

Note on the score with an example of sul tasto

Two graphics with a score excerpt follow. Excerpt from the 3rd Symphony 3rd movement. Composition by Gustav Mahler. An example of sul tasto. The graphics can also be enlarged. They are Link-Sensitive [Clickable].