The greatness of Niccolò Paganini has several aspects. One of them is the posture Niccolò adopted while performing. More specifically, he used bowings that were considered unconventional at his time. One general and important aspect relies on the use of the bow: Paganini would mostly use the part of the bow from the tip down to the middle. The lower part of the bow was used, instead, mostly when playing legato passages or chords. On top of this technical aspects, what still remain incredible is the effortlessness that Paganini showed while performing his music mastering these skills.
“Paganini’s bowing”. This is a pure invention of Niccolò. It consists in a precise articulation pattern: on a passage of consecutive sixteenth notes, the repetitive bowing consists of a spiccato note followed by two slurred notes. This is an innovative bowing of the highest difficulty, that will produce astonishing musical impression.