Moto Perpetuo Continued

Welcome back! Now that you have the first part of Paganini's "Moto Perpetuo" completed, I will be giving you the second part in this lesson. Hopefully, you have been playing the first section very cleanly and evenly with a metronome. Also, you must have both hands working together, or it will sound sloppy. You have to play slowly first (in order to be able to play fast later) and then build up the speed.

As I did in the first "Moto Perpetuo" column, I included the harmonies so you can hear what Paganini was thinking harmonically when he composed the work. This piece is based in the key of C major, with the clever use of secondary dominants. More excitement can be added if you make some of the minor chords dominant, instead of strictly using the harmonies inside the key. Also, there are some nice chromatic passing tones, especially in bar 12 and a hint of the C Lydian scale in bar 14 over the C chord. This piece can be played in different positions on the neck once memorized, 5th and 7th position are comfortable positions, you also might want to try it in the 9th position.

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