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Ryan Vaughn

My Introduction to Arpeggios

April 13, 2011 at 6:55 PM

A few days ago, Danielle started me on Caprice 24's finale, which starts out with an A-minor followed by an A-major arpeggio.  Since arpeggios are something I should probably be working on anyway, it seemed a logical choice.  The arpeggios themselves weren't too difficult to learn, but to actually play them was another story: 

I actually just slur two notes at a time because it seemed a little too fast for me.  The music says I should slur 6 notes at a time, and Danielle wants me to play it slurring 12!  That's in the future, I'm afraid.

The next day, I took some more time with it and actually played it slurring 6:


Finally, I added in the next little part which is a D-major (or is it D-minor?) arpeggio:


The finale gets really hard after that part.

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From Tom Holzman
Posted on April 14, 2011 at 4:26 PM

If you are practicing scales, you can do a lot worse than including some slurred arpeggios in your practicing,  Have fun!

From Andrew Freidin
Posted on April 14, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Hi Vaughan and Danielle.

I've just read through your entire blog and watched all the videos. I'm really impressed with what you have achieved in this short time, and how focussed, serious and positive you are about this project! Well done.

By coincidence I seem to have commenced violin within a few days of you, and am quite determined to make progress too. My approach will be different, (starting indeed with "twinkle twinkle"!) largely because of my experience with other instruments, and wishing to achieve a certain foundation that I can continue to build on. But I certainly mean no criticism of you in saying that: there are many paths. And in fact when I began learning the piano, my goal was to learn a Chopin Study first. These things can be done. I'm pretty sure you will achieve your Paganini Caprice. but whatever transpires, you will learn so much else.

I look forward to following your blog. Thank you so much.


From Ryan Vaughn
Posted on April 14, 2011 at 5:33 PM

 Thanks Tom.  I agree that throwing in the arpeggios is a good addition (also they're a bit more fun than scales!  although I'm of course still doing the scales)

And Andrew, thanks for the encouragement.  There certainly are many paths, but that foundation is a big concern.  Hopefully with Danielle's diligent eye, I'll still have that foundation, but I guess we'll have to see.  Good luck to you as well!

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