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Paganini's 24th Caprice Var. I
It's been a few days since I published Pt. I of this XIV part lesson on Paganini's 24th Caprice. It time to start working on Pt. II.
Don't forget to print out this page and notate the right and left fingering as described in Pt. I.The first variation's rhythm is in triplet format. The accents are on beat one of each triplet. Also, the bass note on beat one in each measure should also be pronounced. Therefore, the loudest accent should be beat one of every measure. The easiest way to ensure that the bass note will be heard loud and clear is by rest stroking it. Therefore, both the melody and the bass note on beat one with each measure must be rest stroked.
Pay close attention that you aren't using too much of your wrist and erratic movements as you slur and change positions. Try keeping your wrist and hand square and a steady moving only your fingers and your arm. The only parts that should be moving are your fingers.
Whenever I play a piece of music, I always keep time by lightly tapping my foot. This habit is especially invaluable when you are first attempting to learn a very syncopated piece of music. It keeps the music steady and tells you when you aren't playing on time. I have found students who don't use their foot as a metronome take twice as long to learn a new piece of music.
I have transcribed the repeat of second part to this variation a little differently. As you can see, the Dmin Arpeggio is played in fifth position on measure V and on measure XI, I notated the arpeggio in tenth position. These two possible solutions can be played together or at the players discretion, can choose whichever he/she desires. It is often a good idea to explore alternative interpretations when it is possible.
All notes that aren't accented should sound even to each other. The best way to practice hearing these dynamics is at a slower tempo. This will allow you to hear inconsistencies in your playing that can be overlooked when you are at moderate or top speed.
If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions, don't hesitate to send me a note.