Violin marking for the down bow

Updated: Sep 29, 2020

The marking below is the down bow symbol.

What does the marking above the note  mean in reference to the violin?  HLTS
Down bow

This is a symbol that appears above a musical note to indicate when a string player should use a down bow. To play a down bow on a violin, start at the heel of the bow (frog) and pull towards the point (tip), away from the left shoulder.

The picture below illustrates how to play a down bow:

Down bow instructions and diagram

The original question posed in an earlier blog was this. What is the musical symbol? It looks like a square but one side is missing.

Are there any other musical symbols or markings you are unfamiliar with?

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