All instruments in the string family have their sound produced by bowing or plucking strings.
Typical orchestral instruments include (from highest in pitch to the lowest):
All stringed instruments can produce more than 1 note at a time.
Clefs used by stringed instruments:
|con sordini (or con sord.)||with mutes|
|senza sordini (or senza sord.)||without mutes|
|pizzicato (or pizz.)||pluck the strings|
|arco||play with the bow (after an instruction to play pizzicato)|
|sul ponticello||play near the bridge|
|sul G||play on the G string|