#1
I couldn't find a quick answer online, so I thought I'd try asking any violinists here. How quickly can pizzicato on violin/viola be played? I'm trying to do some soundtrack stuff for a game I'm working on and I've programmed some arpeggio parts - I like how they sound played as pizzicato, but I have a feeling that eighth note triplets at ~100bpm is unreasonable for real live players. Which isn't a concern because I'm going to have it recorded or anything, but because it may put listeners off by being too obviously synthetic.
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#2
I did faster than that at a recital once- with a dislocated ankle and a ruptured testicle.

So yep. Possible.
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#3
Very possible, 8th notes at 100bpm is relaxing, and using one finger I could do 16ths at the same tempo, but could go much faster using two fingers if the passage was prolonged pizzicato.
#4
great, that was the answer i was hoping for, now i don't have to find a new sound for the part. thanks to the both of you!
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#5
It's a wee bit harder on viola due to the strings being thicker, but it's still possible to go faster than that.
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