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Paganini's 24 Caprices for Violin (Played on Classical Guitar) - Free Music, Tab and Sheet Music

Updated on December 13, 2010
Niccolo Paganini
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Niccolò Paganini (1782 – 1840) was one of the greatest virtuosos, of any instrument, of any time.  In fact, the modern conception of a virtuoso - someone who can play music that no one else can - is closely tied to him.  In fact, he also composed music, and this music is more difficult to play than music written before him.

His 24 Caprices are a great example of this.  And as the guitar has repertoire has grown, and more virtuoso guitarists have come on the scene, they have tried to play these Caprices on their own instrument.  Here is a great example of it.

Paganini Caprice 24 on Classical Guitar

Caprice 24 is by far the most famous of the 24 Caprices. However, the other ones are good too!

Marco Tamayo Plays Paganini's Caprice No. 5

While most of the Caprices are fast and furious, some of the most beautiful ones are slower and more melancholy.  One of my favorites is number 2.

Paganini Caprice #2 on Classical Guitar

Eliot Fisk and Paganini's Caprices

It's one thing to play one or two of the Caprices on guitar. But the question remains: is it possible to play them all? The answer is YES!  Eliot Fisk proved that with his breakthrough transcription and recording of these pieces.

Free Tab and Sheet Music for Guitarists

If you are a guitarist and are interested in playing Paganini's Caprices then you should definitely give them a shot!  Here are some resources to get you started.

Paganini's Caprices on Violin

For those with an interest in hearing how Paganini's Caprices sound on the violin, here is a recording of the legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman playing Caprices 1, 5 and 24.


Which instrument do you prefer listening to Paganini's Caprices on?

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      Scott Kay 6 years ago

      Thanks for the page. I've spent a lot of time and effort on 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 24. 3 and 4 still need a lot more work the others are all pretty polished though not to Perlman speed on 1 or 5, but fast and clean for guitar. It's such a tremendous feeling to play any of the Caprices with elegance, speed and control. It took me a long time until I had the patience to continue to work at complex classical pieces like these.

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Ari Lamstein, What lasting beauty it is to hear Itzhak Perlman play! While I was in SLC, I heard him and my favorite Pinchas Zukerman perform. At the end of the program, they switched instruments and mesmerized the entire audience to silence with their expert mastery beyond their respective violins and violas.

      Thank you, voted up + all,


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      a.k.i 6 years ago

      l like it better on classic guitar but it is not bad on the violin too!!

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      kungfuGuitar 6 years ago

      So cool, so cool, so, so cool!!! I love this page. Thanks Ari. Been looking for a decent transcription for John Williams Caprice 24 for ages and this is the best yet. Thanks again!!

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      John Sarkis 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank you Ari

      We pianists are so use to playing so many transcriptions of Paganini's music, that we oftentimes forget they weren't initially written for the piano


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      Ari Lamstein 7 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Thanks so much Tryon. I've been trying to write a lot of Hubs about the guitar repertoire, and they all are in the same format (videos, sheet music, cd, links to professional recordings). You can see more of them here:

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      Tryon 7 years ago

      Thanks for this site. 99% of sites offering "free" Capices are phonies trying to sell public domain works.

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      Ari Lamstein 7 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Thank you for your comment Lorlie!

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I played #24 on piano many years ago, but I think I like the guitar far more!