Begin your circuit training with Caprice No. 12.Then play 12, 14, 23 19, 8, 17, 4, and 11 – IN THAT ORDER!
If the pieces are learned and practiced in the correct order: 12, 14, 23, 19, 8, 17, 4,11 - and played with the correct fingering, it will be immediately apparent to anadvanced player that these new fingerings are consistent and important. The fullsong circle of Etudes can be memorized and played easily once the player gainsawareness of this new technique.
Note a hint to the secret and a helpful memonic detail
: the 8 Caprices in Book 1 intheir proper order begin with alternating bow strokes – downbow on 12, upbow on14, downbow 23, upbow 19, etc. Each group of 8 Caprices has a different pattern,and there are exactly half that begin upbow and half that begin downbow!
I want to emphasize that it’s important to practice ONLY in this order:
12, 14, 23,19, 8, 17, 4, 11
. You don’t have to play them all, but do not finish 19 and thenreturn to 12, but rather take a break before playing the series again. This way thetechnique will be imprinted into your mind.
Are you a beginner, or are you a teacher with beginning students?
It is important that a student learn good technique from the beginning. Simply choose a portion of each Caprice to learn – even a few bars. It will more fun to listen to and playthan “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”!
When Paganini was a young boy, he hated to practice. He showed great promise at a young age, even the most famous musiciansrecognized his talent. But his father, understanding that raw potentialwas insufficient, forced his son through beatingsand starvation, to master musical exercises. As Paganini grew into his late teenage years, herealized there would have to be a different way to play challenging pieces by memory with less practice.With this goal, the lazy boy was encouraged togreat works: