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Canon in D

By Johann Pachelbel

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Guitar - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706). Arranged by Nick Clow. Spiritual, Etudes and Exercises, Repertoire, Wedding. Score. 2 pages. Published by Published by Nick Clow (S0.284619).

Item Number: S0.284619

This is the famous and very popular piece often played at weddings. It is often indicated to be an intermediate piece, but it has some tricky sections and can feel awkward for a piece of this level. Some arrangements omit the beautifully-voiced section (measures 29 to 35 in this arrangement) that comes after the 'semi-quaver' rounds.

This arrangement aims to deal with the problems above and is (hopefully) an easier and more consistent intermediate piece. Attention is paid to the fingerings in order to smooth it out. More fingerings are indicated than strictly necessary.

Don't start too fast. It changes to semi-quavers in the middle, so you will be fighting your way through it it if you have started too fast. A slow and rhythmic pulse suits the piece.

The piece consists of an 8 chord sequence over 4 measures played repeatedly. Familiarising yourself with the chords will help your understanding of the piece. They are D A Bm F#m G D G A.

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