Practicing Paganini First Movement L to M

I combined three practice sessions into one video this time.


  • thirds
  • string crossings
  • 4th finger on the A string – some violinists add in an octave, so I did too
  • fast shifting from G & C strings to A
  • awkward double stops

Practice Strategies:

  • sextuplets → triplets → duplets → as written
    • start the passage both down-bow and up-bow for each step
  • speak the rhythm
  • practicing in chunks and connecting them
  • sliding for every shift to connect the positions and understand how the shape of my hand should be

Things I’ve learned:

  • improving finger balance in thumb position on the lower strings
    • balance on the 3rd finger even when using 4th – at least for this kind of passage

Things I like:

  • character @ 46:22
  • the added octaves

Things I want to improve:

  • articulation of the slurs in the double stop passage
  • the clarity of the ricochet
  • I really liked how I played the double stops at @ 46:22, so I want to reinforce that
  • more difference between the détaché and the staccato at L
  • not so sure I like the break before the vibrato glissando right before L
  • the rhythm in the lyrical section is too free of the beat…whoops!
  • my vibrato is too wide sometimes in the G string passage