‘Shredding Paganini’: Heavy Metal Guitar Meets Nine Masterpieces By Niccolò Paganini

Alfred Music Publishing, the leader in educational print music publishing since 1922, in association with the National Guitar Workshop, one of America’s finest guitar schools, has released “Shredding Paganini”, a collection of nine masterpieces by violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini adapted for shred guitar, written by guitarist, composer, author, and educator German Schauss.

“Shredding Paganini” features full TAB and easy-to-follow instruction plus song-by-song musical analysis for nine Paganini masterpieces arranged and adapted for shred guitar. As the follow-up to the popular book “Shredding Bach”, “Shredding Paganini” is a perfect supplement for advanced guitarists with a firm grasp of guitar technique and music theory, as well as for intermediate guitarists who seek to develop their shred technique. The accompanying CD features all the examples found in the book, many of which are recorded at multiple speeds for practicing, and is extremely useful in helping guitarists attain mastery of these great Paganini compositions.

Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840), whose lifestyle and fame were similar to that of a modern rockstar, was undoubtedly one of the greatest virtuosos that ever lived. His skills were so advanced that many believed he had made a pact with the devil. Paganini‘s practice schedule (15 hours a day), combined with a genetic connective tissue disorder that gave him near impossible reach and flexibility with his fingers, resulted in extremely demanding and exciting compositions for shredders of any era. Paganini‘s works, which showcase his extraordinary skills, are perfect for the heavy metal style and geared to stretch guitar playing limits to the extreme.

“Shredding Paganini” book and CD set is now available for $16.99 at music retail stores or at alfred.com/guitar.


* Andantino Variato No. 3
* Romance for Solo Guitar
* Concerto No. 4 in D Minor
* Moto Perpetuo
* Caprice No. 3
* Caprice No. 5
* Caprice No. 16
* Caprice No. 19
* Caprice No. 24