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Watch the Caprice No.5 online guitar lesson by Tony Smotherman from Classical Flatpicking Explorations

Niccolo Paganini was a one of a kind virtuoso violinist. Paganini wrote 24 "caprices" for solo violin. Each caprice is captivating in its own way. Many of his caprices are used by guitarists for dexterity, technique, arpeggio studies, and many other musical ideas the maestro employed in his playing. "Caprice No. 5" is a really great introduction for guitarists into the world of Paganini. If you've seen the old movie Crossroads with Steve Vai, you may recognize this segment of the piece, as it was featured at the end of the film in the guitar duel.