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Nicolo Paganini

Lessons and Secrets
Lost to the world for over 170 years, yet handed down through
The Romantic School of Music

Nicolo Paganini : Eminant Master of The Romantic School of Music

Born Feb 18, 1784 in Genoa, Italy three months after an angel told his mother that he would be the greatest violinist in the world.

His first lessons were with his father, an accomplished mandolin player, who believed in eight hour work days; “Eight hours of practice before dinner and eight hours of practice after dinner.”

Paganini's early teachers included Servetto and Giacomo Costa. At age nine he debuted at the principal theatre of Genoa and afterward was engaged to solo in church every Sunday while being advised by Francesco Gnecco, a distinguished operatic composer.

July 25, 1795, at age eleven, Paganini put on a concert to raise funds to take lessons from Alessandro Rolla, a celebrated violinist, conductor and composer in Parma and later Ghiretti (three lessons a week for six months).

In 1797 (age thirteen) Nicolo began his first professional tour, and a year later, struck out on his own. Thus began his adventures of performing on stage, fine art, romancing, then playing the guitar and viola; yet also his misadventures of gambling, exhaustion and ill health.

Rumors spread of him being in league with the devil and of spending eight years in prison, which he admits taking full financial advantage of, yet he also insists and can prove that the rumors are absolutely false, as proclaimed April 10, 1828 in his public manifesto issued in Vienna.

He accepted the post of Director of Music, Captain of the Royal Bodyguard and Conductor of the Opera Orchestra for Elise Bacchiochi, Princess of Lucca and Piombo, and it is she who especially has encouraged him to pursue his novel sound effects, and of playing pieces entirely on the G string. The first such piece being his military sonata for the G string entitled “Napoleon.” He has since composed other pieces entirely on the G string encompasing three full octives.

His greatest praise comes from Vienna, Paris and London where they simply cannot get enough of him, and his magical violin.

Confidence comes from knowing that everything about your instrument is correct and that the rest is up to you.

Paganini's Lessons and Secrets:

Lesson #1: Mastering The Bow
What Paganini claimed was his GREATEST SECRET. (video)

Burnishing and graphiting the grooves of the bridge and nut.
Including Paganini's secret of breaking strings, and a demonstration of his alternate open G string vibrato.

All of The Romantic School of Music's “How To” videos are highly suggested as part of learning Paganini's secrets.

The Ultimate Tone:

That is not violin-playing, it is not music - it is magic!” - A. B. Marr, after hearing Paganini play.

Play to Each Audience

As quoted by Louis Sphor

If You Truly Have Paid the Price, Let it Show

What Made Paganini Great

Also coming:

Development of the left hand

Making the audience laugh and cry

The animal and singing sounds.

The secret that changed Paganini's life.

Compositions/ Free sheet music:

(coming soon!)

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