Canon Sheet Music,
by Pachelbel

Canon sheet music for your beginning piano student, with duet accompaniment, FREE!  This is the third of three different pages on my site featuring some version of Pachelbel's Canon in D piano sheet music; check out the easy piano versions, and the intermediate arrangements, and a version that SOUNDS hard and fancy, but uses lettered notes to aid beginners with the fast-moving parts...


Here is the first Middle C version of the Pachelbel Canon in D...  A Middle C song?  Easy-peasy!  But in this arrangement, the melody creeps down into the bass clef and spends most of the time there!

Three versions here... two short ones with chord symbols (if someone should choose to play along), and a longer version with a Secondo part.



Easy middle-C version of the Pachelbel Canon melody, free! Printable piano sheet music for beginners.


Download Canon sheet music for Middle C piano readers

Simple, eh?  Even beginners will do well with this melody, as it moves step by step - a lot like Wormies!

However, though the Canon in D piano music is easy to PLAY at this beginner level, it is still a bit baffling to READ... especially with chord symbols.  Many of those chord symbols have the same names as the notes above which they are placed.  Very confusing!  Perhaps this new easy piano version will help:

Canon in D piano sheet for new beginners


Canon in D piano sheet for beginning notereaders

The duet part for Primo, below, starts out just the same as the easy version above, but adds one more "verse", which is more challenging.  If it proves TOO challenging and your student is trying to polish this up for a recital, it is very easy with the Canon to just STOP after 8 measures, when you reach the tonic chord again (the C chord, in this piece).  That's one reason this piece works so well for bridesmaids walking up the aisle - you can end the piece so easily!



Duet arrangement of the Pachelbel's Canon, free!


Duet arrangement of the Pachelbel's Canon, easy version for beginners, free!


Download duet version of Middle C Pachelbel Canon arrangement

Fortunately, the first note of the "song" is Middle C, perhaps your student's favorite note.  In the Primo part, things start to get tricky in repetition 3 of the canon (the chord pattern).  Double thirds appear... 

"OH NO! what do I do with those?" your students are thinking.  I left fingering out on purpose, having had so much experience with scribbling out one finger choice after another with certain stubborn students...

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If they have the finger coordination, you can TRY to get them to do a double fingering such as 1&3, 2&4, 3&5... but  once they understand where the notes are going and how the notes should sound, your student is most likely to execute a "1&3,  1&3,  1&3"  fingering for the whole passage.  You can CHOOSE to fight this tendency, but it will probably be wasted time at this level of playing!

As for the Secondo, it is pretty easy to determine which hand plays what notes, by looking at the direction of the stems.  Stems down, left hand.  Stems up, right hand!

It is all chord work for the Secondo player; if you take lesson time to help them figure out the chords being played, they should have good luck even if their bass-clef notereading is still shaky.  I suggest splitting the hands for a week or two, with you and your student switching parts - in other words, focus on just the Secondo, and treat it like a duet all on its own (a Right hand/left hand duet).

One way I love to treat the Canon is to insist kids memorize the chord pattern right away.  My favorite method is to describe how many steps the bass line moves, and which direction.  That description goes like this:  "Tonic, down 4, up 1, down 4, up 1, down 4, turn around 4, up 1, START OVER..."  I love the pattern in this chord progression. (More accurately, you could describe the pattern as "Down a 4th, up a 2nd," etc.)

And your students will love playing the Pachelbel Canon like this!  Duets are fun.

Can even beginning notereaders learn to play this beautiful music in its longer, fuller form?  I decided to see...

I have a little guy who plays with passion, understands chords, and loves classical music, but who relies on his ear and his quick memory to conquer his music more than I would like!  He is an Artful NOTE-Dodger.  He is long past the super-easy Canon in D sheet music, but he wanted to play a version with the quickly-moving notes of the middle section, the familiar part that even non-musicians recognize.  I decided to help him, if he promised that he would use the fingering I demanded.  He promised.  This is the result (the small graphics are pages 1 and 3; page 2 is large so you can see what I'm talking about with the fingering!):

This arrangement, plus two companion arrangements, is for sale --  $5.00 USD for three easy-to-read arrangements of the Pachelbel Canon, with the right to print UNLIMITED COPIES (for your students only).

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I'm excited for you to see the confidence with which your young students will embark on a long and beautiful piece like this with the note names to confirm or correct what their ears may be telling them!  With a little extra help, they can be playing this song - CORRECTLY - long before they would ever meet it in their method books.  I've watched it happen over and over.

When you buy this music, you will receive 3 versions (same arrangement), each 3 pages long.

Arrangement #1 has a letter in each music notehead, plus chord symbols and some suggested fingering.

Arrangement #2 has no chord symbols and no fingering at all, for there is a possibility that you or your students might prefer a different fingering.

Arrangement #3, a "helper" version, is similar to #1.  The chord symbols are retained, as well as the suggested fingering for the middle section, but only a few helper notes are used.  Those are placed mostly at the beginning of a musical line, the beginning of a new section, and the tricky middle section where the hand must execute tucking-under and crossing-over.

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Here is a page from the arrangement with no chord symbols and no fingering, and a page from the "helper" arrangement with just a few lettered notes and some fingering:

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Aside from the fact that these music sheets are going to give your beginner piano students the confidence to work on a hard, "real" piece of famous music,  why should you buy the Pachelbel Canon from me?

  • The 9-page collection is available immediately as a digital download onto your computer, for only $5.00
  • You don't have to download any new software into your computer in order to acquire the PDF. I don't know about you, but I detest clogging up my computer with yet another program I didn't know I needed. You just need a version of Adobe Acrobat or another PDF reader, which all computers come with. If you DON'T have Adobe Acrobat or a similar program, then you couldn't download any of my other PDFs either.
  • The notes are nice and big, making reading easy.
  • I give you permission to PRINT UNLIMITED COPIES, for your students only. This is a real deal! Ordinarily, one music book, for just one student, will cost at least $5.00, and then there is tax and postage. Please do not share with anyone besides your students.
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