The Pachelbel Canon in D is the probably the most popular classical music ever. Print out this free sheet music for piano -- your students (and their parents) will love it!
Is this music is beyond their playing level?
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This is the easiest arrangement, found on the page "Canon Sheet Music."
There are also lettered note versions.
On this page, the basic melody of the Canon is paired with left hand chords, solid (as shown) and also broken.
The chord symbols are helpful for some students.
Here on this page, you will find the Pachelbel Canon as you are accustomed to hearing it played at weddings!
Several arrangements, including the original key of D.
Page 2 of this arrangement on the next web page is shown...
On this page of the Canon in D sheet music, you'll find ALPHANOTES in some or all of the noteheads of the music.
This arrangement was written to help an early reader conquer this piece.
Now, back to what's on THIS page!
Here is the first arrangement (scroll down the page to see page 2 of the Canon, and the free PDF download links):
Please scroll down the page for the links to the downloadable PDFs.
Does your student know an inversion from a root chord?
To play these arrangements easily, it is best if the student is already acquainted with chord inversions.
Root position chords such as c-e-g become easy to spot after some experience, but when a C chord is "in disguise" (such as the combination e-g-c) or "scrambled," kids can find it quite baffling.
In the beginning of the Canon, almost every RH (right hand) chord is an inversion with a different shape from the chord before it. Help your student find PATTERNS in each hand.
What do I mean, look for patterns?
Here's the best example: the LH goes down 4 steps from C, then up 1, down 4, up 1, down 4, turn around 4, then up 1, and start over! There's always SOME kind of pattern if you look, some kind of trick to help your memory.
Careful fingering helps this arrangement work
The fingering in the tricky but beautiful middle section is really pretty good fingering. It even works in the key of D version with the black notes.
ALMOST CERTAINLY, your student will want to ignore this fingering, thus ensuring that they take 10 times longer to learn this section than they would otherwise!
Therefore, I suggest spending time playing short sections -- 2 or 3 measures of it -- over and over at lesson time; little, non-threatening amounts.
Don't load it on! Assign them LESS than you believe they can do -- then it will seem do-able to them.
Here is a similar arrangement, but for small hands! Scroll down the page for page 2, and the free PDF download link:
Understanding chords means bigger-sounding music
There are many arrangements of this piece out there on the web. I like these versions of mine because they allow a player whose reading and coordination are still pretty elementary to play a big-sounding piece of music.
That is the value of knowing chords! They can be used like repeatable patterns.
Independence of hand movement
In much classical music, what makes even simple pieces hard for beginners is exactly the seeming ABSENCE of pattern.
Every finger seems to need a brain of its own, because the hands and fingers move independently.
That's where your students are headed. In the meantime, playing a beautiful-sounding piece like this motivates them to keep pushing!
I recently had a question about measure 27 of this arrangement:
The Pachelbel Canon is number one
A classical radio station in Seattle used to have a Top 100 Countdown of the most popular classical pieces just before New Year's Day each year. Invariably, listeners voted the Pachelbel Canon number one!
The links for the downloadable piano PDFs:
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