Can-Can
Printable Piano Sheet Music

Can-Can, now in FOUR versions and TWO keys! 

Can-Can is instantly recognizable by most people -- even by your students who don't listen to classical music at home. Three of the versions of  this energetic piece by Offenbach are pretty easy to play.

All the right hand parts of the 3 easy versions are the same, but the left hands are different;

  • one uses whole-note chords, 
  • one employs half-note chords, and 
  • last, (and most fun) the left hand uses fast-moving split chords.

This video shows Can Can played as a duet - my arrangements here are only a part of the full piece:

One of the bonuses of this music (which is only a part of a much longer piece) is the descending C or G major scales -- perhaps your student's first real piano piece in which to use a whole scale!

This version with whole-notes in the left hand is an easy way to approach it. 

Can-Can sheet music for piano, with slow-moving left hand solid chords

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There are several important skills to practice in these arrangements:

  • finger replacement (finger 5 - 4, for example; we call it "SNEAKING"), 
  • scale crossing over and under, and 
  • I - V7 chord changes.  A challenging, but fun, way to practice the right hand is to set a goal of being able to play the right hand with EYES CLOSED by their next lesson!  Even the octave leap is possible, with practice!

Version 2 picks up a bit of energy with half-note chords in the left hand.  The difference in the texture of the piece is already palpable: 

Printable sheet music for piano students Can-Can, with half-note chords in the left hand.

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Here's the hardest version: not too hard at all, if they have mastered the chords and right-hand melody in version 1 or 2.  

Now Can-Can really has energy:

Sheet music for piano by Offenbach,

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When this piece has become easy, challenge your student to transpose it up one whole step to the key of D.  Then E!  Then F!  Then - but you get the idea.

Now below is a new, longer version, QUITE A BIT HARDER on page 2.

The left hand uses an Alberti bass pattern that frequently doesn't show up in Method books until Level 3.  I

f your student really wants to play this longer version and just isn't able to handle the trickier left hand, I would just re-arrange it a little bit!

Can-Can by Offenbach Piano sheet music FREE, long version.  This is a high-energy piece.
Can-Can by Offenbach Piano sheet music FREE


The links for the slow-moving left hand chords arrangement:


Download Key of C printable sheet music for Can-Can with whole note chords in the left hand


Download whole-note version in the Key of G with whole note chords


The links for the arrangements with half notes in the left hand:


Download printable sheet music with left hand half-note chords key of C


Download half-note left hand version in key of G


The links to the arrangements with quarter notes in the left hand:


Download music by Offenbach with quarter notes, key of C


Download in the key of G


The links to the longest arrangement of Can-Can:


Download longer version of Can-Can in C


Download long version in key of G


Can-Can is a good piece for metronome races -- not to beat the metronome, but to see how fast the student can get and still keep an even tempo. Fun! 








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