Shredding Paganini: Heavy Metal Guitar Meets Nine Masterpieces by Niccolò Paganini Released by Alfred

Los Angeles, CA — August 2011 - 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, releases 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 (00-37468) Book & CD set is now available for $16.99 at music retail stores or at

Titles: 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.

Alfred Music Publishing is the world’s largest educational music publisher. Alfred produces educational, reference, pop, and performance materials for teachers, students, professionals, and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level. Alfred’s home office is located in Los Angeles, with domestic offices in Miami and New York as well as offices around the world including Australia, Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Since 1922, Alfred Music Publishing has been dedicated to helping people learn, teach, and play music. Alfred currently has over 90,000 active titles. Alfred represents a wide range of well-known publications—from methods like Alfred’s Basic Guitar, Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, Premier Piano Course, Sound Innovations, and Suzuki, to artists like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, Green Day, Michael Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Eagles, Cole Porter, and George and Ira Gershwin, to brands like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Billboard.

In addition to its own titles, Alfred distributes products from over 50 companies, including Belwin, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Dover Publications, DW Drums, Faber Music, Highland/Etling, Kalmus, National Guitar Workshop, Penguin, TASCAM, Ultimate Support, and WEA.

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