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Paganini Technique for Violin and Viola - a new formula for playing the 24 Caprices. Did you know the Caprices are not numbered or fingered in the original manuscript? Try the free samples at paganinitechnique.com for yourself.
Paganini Technique for Violin and Viola - a new formula for playing the 24 Caprices. Did you know the Caprices are not numbered or fingered in the original manuscript? Try the free samples at paganinitechnique.com for yourself.

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Published by: sedaray on May 29, 2009
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The original manuscript of the 24 Paganini Caprices does not assign names OR numbers to each piece!
Was this accidental? Or on purpose?
Most people believe the correct way to start playing Paganini’s Caprices is to begin with Caprice No. 1 and finish with Caprice No. 24, since that’s how theywere published. But the order of the published Caprices is simply the order the pages were in as Paganini presented them to the publisher.He didn’t have them written down, so he satdown and hastily wrote them out.
For Paganini, the Caprices were a song circleof etudes for his secret practice regimen - andthus violin lessons for us!
 Apart from using the correct technique, it’s important to practice the caprices in the correct order that Paganini originally intended.
Caprice 12 is the gateway to playing and mastering the rest of Paganini’s pieces. It allows the violinist to grasp the concept behind Paganini’stechnique; otherwise, the violinist will feel uncomfortable with the positioningand won’t recognize his/her prior mistake
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:
The 24 Paganini Caprices!
Greetings! My name is Gregory Shir. I am a violinist and violin maker.
As a professional violinist, I have always been fascinated by Paganini and how he wasable to master the most difficult pieces – and by memory!
 I wondered: What was Paganini's secret?
I was sure it involved the correct technique. I knew that with proper technique, even anaverage violinist should achieve this high level of skill. But the original publishedmanuscript of the 24 Caprices has little information about bowing and no fingerings.After 30 years of experimentation and practicing traditional scales and technical piecesfor four to six hours daily, I realized I had been using the incorrect technique to play thePaganini Caprices. Thus, I discovered a newly formulated fingering method of playingthe violin which I call the "Paganini Technique". This method enables easier memorization with less practice.This rather intimidating music contains many exciting arpeggios and dramatic melodiesto make practicing the violin fun and efficient.
 Each Caprice contains a lesson to learn.
Here in Caprice VIII is an opportunity to learn a Paganini Technique approach to scales:
While the original Caprices had no fingerings indicated, the Paganini Technique fingeringformulas are
very specific
, and very consistent. They work every time!Less important in the new technique are the bowing and dynamics; the bowing followsnaturally from the proper fingerings, the dynamics are a matter style. This allows for artistic flexibility and personal choice in performance.

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