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Paganini Caprice #16, Part 2


A while back I did the first part of the Paganini Caprice #16, one of my favorites by the way. I did have some requests from people to transcribe more of it. So here it is!

I really love playing this piece, it really helps keep your technique in shape. When I was very young I used to transcribe a lot of violin pieces - I still do sometimes when I am not writing etc.

My Dad used to tell me to always listen to other kinds of music and to be open to all styles. Being that he was a virtuoso violinist helped me to get more into violin music like Paganini's.

By practicing a piece like this will benefit alot of things, like your technique, increase your speed and accuracy, develop your sense of Harmony and your ear. You are playing a nice piece of music instead of playing a bunch of mindless exercises. Make sure you play this piece very evenly and steadily.

Hear Mike play this part of the caprice.
Click THIS LINK to hear him play it slow, or
THIS LINK to hear him play it fast

There are some really cool intervallic jumps in this Caprice, like for example, bar 4 and 5. Make sure you follow the fingerings I supplied for you. I feel these fingerings are the most appropriate in order to play this up to speed, comfortably.

The first 6 bars of this piece generally stay within the G minor scale (G,A,Bb,C,D,Eb,F).

After the 2 octave Bb arpeggio in bar 6, there is some really brilliant usage of chromatic passing tones in bars 7-12. This piece is so beautifully constructed, there are so many elements here to benefit from by just studying this caprice.

You might want to practice this piece one bar at a time until mastered. If you have not checked out the first part of this Caprice, you might want to check that out.

You can also see me playing this on my video "Virtuoso Rock Fusion Concepts" ( review of this video coming soon - ed. ) I will be covering more of this piece in future lessons.

See Ya...


About the Author
GIT-graduate Mike Campese describes himself as an all-around music performer, session artist and teacher competent in many musical styles, electric, and acoustic. He released three CDs, "Total Freedom", "Full Circle" and "Vibe", played on the "Warmth in The Wilderness" album and released an instructional video for ChopsFromHell. Check out Mike's official website Mikecampese.com. You can listen to soundfiles of Mike's work, including clips of the songs from his newest album "Vibe".

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