How to Play Caprice No. 5 by Niccolò Paganini (Guitar Lesson)


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Dennis Hodges

Caprice No. 5

Here is a lesson on this devastating piece of classical music written by Niccolò Paganini in the early 19th century. The lesson is aimed at shred guitarists because of the high level of technical proficiency needed to play it.

Taught by Dennis Hodges in Metal Songs with Dennis seriesLength: 49:14Difficulty: 4.5 of 5


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cccattorneycccattorney replied on June 12th, 2013

I am really enjoying working on this again. I had it under my fingers with a different arrangement when I first got my Bachelor's of Music, but I am truly enjoying working on it again. Thank you Dennis. I also sent you a message through email, and I hope that you got it. You should do a series on "Shred" classical type pieces which would include a variety of violin sonatas and other etudes. Just a thought.

bsow2012bsow2012 replied on June 11th, 2013

this is the most complex looking song ive ever seen

bsow2012bsow2012 replied on June 11th, 2013

this is the most complex looking song ive ever seen

digitaloxdigitalox replied on May 10th, 2013

Epic. Epic deadpan at the end of demonstration too.

shytigershytiger replied on May 8th, 2013

I'm not touching that...dragon fly not ready.....good job.

staceydouglasstaceydouglas replied on May 7th, 2013

This is amazing, thanks for all your hard work Dennis, and love the live jazzier version!

mitkomitko replied on May 7th, 2013

woah

sfucocsfucoc replied on May 7th, 2013

Holy Christ Dennis you are the man!

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on May 7th, 2013

awesome!

guitarsenninguitarsennin replied on May 7th, 2013

this is still a bit above my ability. I'll learn it in chunks.

heyitsheyits replied on May 7th, 2013

great job , i have no doubt this took a while finding the best way to play it your work did u well

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on May 6th, 2013

Here's a link to a live version (and slightly different setting, though the same arrangement!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G8u5YnppuY&list=UUsbqKaeMJg9V5D5QpCJAuug&index=14

mike4370mike4370 replied on May 6th, 2013

you're not kidding when you say "devastating"!! dennis that is some devastating playing!!

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In high school, Dennis joined the marching band on sousaphone for all 4 years. It was as awesome as you could expect. He was also fortunate enough to be in several different metal bands, still play at church, and get the incredible opportunity to play guitar for many local community theaters. This kept his sight-reading in shape and gave him an appreciation for different styles of music (and paid pretty well, from a high schooler's perspective).

In 2001, Dennis came to Bexley, Ohio to study guitar at Capital University with Stan Smith. His studies emphasized jazz and classical guitar. Here his metal past merged with a deeper understanding of the instrument and music in general, and the basis for most of his teaching style was set in motion.

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