Paganini caprice

September 19, 2017, 9:24 PM · Hello everyone, I was wondering what you thought about when to start a Paganini caprice? I am around Bruch concerto no. 1 level and I can play scales pretty good and I was wondering if it would be bad for me to practice caprice no. 20 for 10-15 min daily, slow and deliberate and then continue to slowly put in more time until it is done? I have talked to my teacher about this idea and she thinks as long as I do not go to crazy with it I should be fine, but she dosn't know for sure. I diffidently feel that I can tackle this caprice if it is played under tempo and only learn a few measures at a time. Just so you know, the reason why I want to learn a caprice is because I really love the music and I want to learn one as soon as possible.

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September 19, 2017, 10:02 PM · I'd say give it a shot. It should be okay.
September 20, 2017, 7:31 AM · Many of them are playable save for a couple of bars here and there. Most people start with 16.
Often the really nasty parts are stretches combined with string crossings.
September 20, 2017, 4:03 PM · Even though it's way beyond me, I'm aware of teachers who assign just some of the variations of 24.
Edited: September 20, 2017, 4:26 PM · I gave tha 20th Caprice from Paganini to a very talented student last year. But it was just a test and we put it away after some time.
I think it is good to look into more difficult stuff from time to time. I think one can learn a lot from it. This Caprice is very playable. But I think the beginning is pretty advanced for the bow: smooth slurred chords... good luck :D
September 21, 2017, 9:30 AM · #16 is the easiest Caprice IMO and I would suggest starting with that.
September 22, 2017, 6:33 AM · Thank you guys so much for your comments and tips! I think that I will do it:)
October 8, 2017, 7:23 PM · #13 is a good shout

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