If ever a song needed no introduction, surely it would be Pachelbel’s Canon in D. Composed around 1700, the Canon was fairly popular in it’s day, but fell into obscurity until the 20th century. Now it’s one of the most widely recognized and loved of all classical pieces.
While the Canon in D was written in the Baroque musical period, it’s perfectly at home in any repertoire. It’s been the inspiration for “copycat” versions by a multitude of pop artists since the 70’s, from new age, to rap, to disco, and everything in between. Why?
Perhaps the infectious quality is due to the repeating bass line. It creates a solid order that is at once recognizable and predictable, while remaining compelling and interesting enough to allow for myriad variations in the melody.
Whatever the reasons, Pachelbel’s Canon in D is a joy to play, and people love to hear it.
Watch This Video to Hear and Overview the Canon
In This Course, You’ll Discover:
- How to quickly memorize
- How to practice effectively
- How to play chord melodies
- How to analyze the music
- How to play expressively
- How to balance voices
With This Course, You’ll:
- Learn new right hand tips
- Explore harmony
- Practice separating parts
- Focus on connecting notes
- Understand multi-layered music
- Discover melodies within chords
- Share a timeless hit
Listen to Canon in D:
“Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.” ~Claude Debussy
In This Course, You’ll Get:
- 24 (!) Highly Detailed Video Lessons
- 9-page PDF Practice Packet
- Musical Sections Separated for Practice
- Multiple versions of the music for easier learning
- Both music notation and TAB
- Step by step instructions for dynamics and phrasing
- Lifelong access for future reference
- A clear path to play Pachelbel’s Canon with grace and ease
“Is This Course for Me?”
Because the Canon in D is really a set of variations on a basic theme, it is actually “modular”. This means that you can learn a few sections (at a beginning level) and add more advanced sections as you master them.
For this reason, the Canon grows with you.
For this arrangement, I’ve switched it to the key of C to avoid tricky bar chords or advanced techniques. This way, it’s perfectly suitable for beginners.
If you’re studying classical guitar technique, you’ll find great opportunities to practice your arpeggio patterns, and, in the busiest section, scale work over a bass line. Fun!
If you love this piece, you should play it. It’s accessible and completely doable.
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Here’s How It Works:
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2.) Start the course whenever you’re ready. Download and print the materials, and get started with the video tutorials.
3.) If this is not the most in-depth, comprehensive, easy to follow learning experience, I want you to let me know and ask for a full refund. I want you to be absolutely critical of the entire learning experience.
By working through this course…
- You will have a better understanding of music and musical processes.
- You will have new ways of seeing and hearing music.
- You will feel that you have gotten noticeably better at practicing guitar and learning new music.
And if you don’t get all these benefits, and you’re not completely excited and think this is the best investment you’ve ever made in your music education, I demand that you let me know and ask for a full refund.
If for any reason you’re not completely convinced of the value and effectiveness of this course, ask for a refund.
I’ll immediately return your money (no quivelling, no hassles)…
AND you can keep this course…
AND you can have any other course, even if it’s higher-priced, at no charge (so I can redeem myself).
Of course, you could take advantage of me with this guarantee, but I trust you’ll be honest.
Please hold me (Allen) and this course to the highest standards, purchase with confidence, and let me know how it goes.
Play Canon in D: $39
This course on Pachelbel’s Canon in D (in C) costs $39 for lifetime access and all supplementary materials.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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“Have I played music using these notes?”
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“Are there markings or techniques I don’t recognize or understand?”
“Does this piece get me excited, and just a little scared?”
Most pieces of music can be a wonderful experience for a wide range of players. If you’re a beginner, your challenge will be getting the notes and controlling your hands. If you’re a more advanced player, the notes may come more quickly, but you may need to work on playing more beautifully (phrasing, connecting the notes, balancing the voices, etc).
There is always more to learn. As long as you take your time and focus on specific challenges one at a time, you can enjoy moving forward and learning a wide variety of music.
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