Sul ponticello is an technique used on a bowed string instrument where the player moves the bow near or (almost) on the bridge. This produces a sharp, bright, hard and brittle sound. Often used by composers when a somewhat ghostly effect is wanted from the string section of an orchestra.

Sul ponticello, often abbreviated sul pont., is used primarily in contemporary classical music. Combined with tremolo and/or glissando, the strings can make some very astonishing sounds.

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