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December 2014
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Paganini Caprice No. 1, Part 3

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Paganini Caprice No. 1, Part 3
Welcome back! In this lesson I will be showing you the next section of Niccolo Paganini's Caprice No. 1. If you haven't read Part 1 and Part 2, be sure to check those out. This piece will do wonders for your sweep picking technique and other areas of your playing. Also, be sure to analyze the progression while you are going through this.

The techniques are similar to the previous sections, but this next section is in a minor key. This piece originally was based on the E major scale (E–F#–G#–A–B–C#–D#) and then switches to E minor (E–F#–G–A–B–C–D), the parallel key. For the first four measures, Paganini uses the V chord (B major) derived from the E harmonic minor scale (E–F#–G–A–B–C–D#). The second beat of the fifth measure is a little tricky because of the stretch for the C on the 1st string. We can consider this a D7 arpeggio with an A in the bass and then to a regular D major arpeggio with the A in the bass. I love the last few bars of this section. In measure six, the second beat begins with a G major arpeggio (G–B–D) that continues to the end of this section, except the top note changes on each arpeggio. The first G major arpeggio has a D on top on the first string, the second one has a G on top, the third one has a B on top and the last one has a D on top.

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Ok, that is it for this section! If you would like more of this piece be sure to let me know. Also make sure to check out my Christmas CD at mikecampese.com.
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