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#985392 - 02/24/09 04:21 PM Canon in D
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Tonight my teacher introduced a little classical music to my lesson with 'Canon in D' by Johann Pachelbel. It was the first time I really played anything of this style and I was really thrilled at how much I enjoyed it. There is so much to challenge me in this piece and I look forward to working my way through this over the next few days.

The more I read and play, the more I feel that my real strength lies in printed music. Everything else just seems like second best!

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#985393 - 02/24/09 04:46 PM Re: Canon in D
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Have fun ragtime clown!

What version are you playing?? I played the Alfred's end-of-book-2 version and thought it was a nice piece to learn & play. My 7 year old daughter (who is playing since 2 yrs as well) was really in love with the melody, and started to mess around with it herself. Just for fun we transposed it to C (to avoid the black keys) and we improvised a shorter and more simple version of it as a duet. So cute!

What have you been playing so far if it was apparently never 'printed music'??

A whole new world might be opening for you!!

Ingrid

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#985394 - 02/24/09 06:26 PM Re: Canon in D
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Ingrid, I have been playing blues and popular music. I'm looking forward to wah tawaits around the corner.

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#985395 - 02/24/09 07:10 PM Re: Canon in D
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Oh yes, the version that is at the end of book 2 is fantastic! I truly enjoyed playing that for a senior group.
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#985396 - 02/24/09 10:38 PM Re: Canon in D
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Speaking of 7 years old, this little girl can't be much older and plays a great Canon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVk0AqTaoj4

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#985397 - 02/24/09 11:00 PM Re: Canon in D
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Woah, Canon in D. That's got to be one of my fave classic of all time. Good luck learning it! I've been looking for a good piano score but so far all I've found are the short and easy versions.
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#985398 - 02/25/09 01:42 AM Re: Canon in D
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My all time favorite as well. Its like you can continue and continue and continue and don’t come to the end. :p But at that kinda tempo and momentum and worst with my darn limited skill, playing in C is enough for me to sweat. Ragtime Clown who’s Canon you’re playing?

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#985399 - 02/25/09 03:51 AM Re: Canon in D
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Originally posted by Davinci:
My all time favorite as well. Its like you can continue and continue and continue and don’t come to the end. :p But at that kinda tempo and momentum and worst with my darn limited skill, playing in C is enough for me to sweat. Ragtime Clown who’s Canon you’re playing? [/b]
'Canon in D' by Johann Pachelbel

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#985400 - 02/25/09 04:34 AM Re: Canon in D
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Yes the famous Pachelbel’s Canon In D Major and i meant it comes with many versions by different arrangers and popular ones like Dan Coates, George Winston etc.

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#985401 - 02/25/09 11:28 AM Re: Canon in D
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Sorry Davinci it is Edwin McLean.

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#985402 - 02/25/09 11:57 AM Re: Canon in D
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Can't think of Pachelbels Canon in D Major without thinking of this funny video

Pachelbel video [click]

Funny (but a clue to a bigger picture ;\) )


Lee \:\)
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#985403 - 02/25/09 01:34 PM Re: Canon in D
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Lee, can you please share the 'clue to a bigger picture' with me. Serious question!

Then I will respond.

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#985404 - 02/25/09 04:14 PM Re: Canon in D
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Pachebel's Canon was my first 'I want to learn piano so I can play that' song.

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#985405 - 02/25/09 04:25 PM Re: Canon in D
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I have yet to talk to a string player (cello, violin, viola) that does not HATE this piece...for the exact reason the guy on the video rants...it never ends! It goes on forever. And when you are playing quartets for a few bucks for a wedding or something, you have to play it all the time...
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#985406 - 02/25/09 04:53 PM Re: Canon in D
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Originally posted by mydnyt:
Woah, Canon in D. That's got to be one of my fave classic of all time. Good luck learning it! I've been looking for a good piano score but so far all I've found are the short and easy versions. [/b]
midnyt, check out George Winston's arrangement. It is beautiful, and no way could you call it "easy."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5OTH3mj2Q8
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#985407 - 02/25/09 05:52 PM Re: Canon in D
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My teacher used a fake book style version of the Cannon in D to teach left hand chord patterns. Here is a nice freebie that works well for that:

http://gardenofpraise.com/key21ah.htm

Pretty easy with block chords, but harder and more interesting with complex LH patterns.

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#985408 - 02/25/09 08:01 PM Re: Canon in D
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Originally posted by Ragtime Clown:
Sorry Davinci it is Edwin McLean. [/b]
Ragtime Clown, no need to be sorry, I’m asking so that I can collate different arrangements and when I can finally play in D, I’ll just focus on one.Thanks for adding my list.

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#985409 - 02/25/09 09:09 PM Re: Canon in D
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Ah yes, the "Taco Bell" canon, played at many weddings, including mine. We were married in a church where the rector wouldn't allow the Wedding March. That was fine with us, since we didn't want it anyway.

I had a former coworker who was the organist in his church. When I told him that story, he said if we hadn't played the Wedding March, that we weren't really married.
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#985410 - 02/25/09 11:17 PM Re: Canon in D
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Seeside_Lee and Monica K., I have seen both vids before but I think I'll watch it again just because. The Pachebel Rant was funny enough that I just had to put it in my faves and George Winston's arrangement is one of the most beautiful I've ever heard. \:\) And yeah, it's not easy... The easy ones I was talking about are the free sheet music I've found.
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#985411 - 02/26/09 12:46 AM Re: Canon in D
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Originally posted by Seaside_Lee:
Can't think of Pachelbels Canon in D Major without thinking of this funny video

Pachelbel video [click]

Funny (but a clue to a bigger picture ;\) )


Lee \:\) [/b]
Hilarious!!! \:D
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#985412 - 02/26/09 06:16 AM Re: Canon in D
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Hi RC

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Lee, can you please share the 'clue to a bigger picture' with me. Serious question!
He moans that Pachelbels Canon is following him everywhere, the fact that he even jokes that "all the songs have the same damned chords"...

must give you a clue surely?


Lee \:\)
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#985413 - 02/26/09 07:03 AM Re: Canon in D
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Lee, at home my wireless connect is pure S*** at the moment. When I play a youTube video it takes forever to load. I actually managed to view it this morning at work. Thats why I ask.

The caretaker at our college is learning to play the guitar and each week tells me what songs he is learning to play. It doesn't matter what song he mentions, I can just tell him immediately what chords he uses. He askes me 'How did you know'??

I tell him that after 30+ years on guitar I know without thinking too hard what chord progression I need to play in nearly every song imaginable.

However, it is different when you transfer that thought to playing your old favourite 'cocktail piano' where you are playing left hand chords to an octave melody.

When you do this EVERY single song sounds like 'Canon in D' in that yoyur left hand does the same old short arp and boom chuck, through that same old progression, over and over and over again. The trick you've got to learn is how to disguise the similarity in every song.

Some people can do it, others (like me) find it harder for various reasons. I love the challenge of taking a piano arrangemento n paper and breaking it into manageable chunks until I have it cracked. Your strength is to play it by ear.

Does this make sense?

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#985414 - 02/26/09 08:41 AM Re: Canon in D
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Yup, totally

However, my real strength is is in having fun! 'cause I'm admittedly very lazy and if I don't like doing something I don't do it and that is my achilles heal \:\(

I would think if I was ever going to get really good at this I should play to my strengths and work on my weaknesses - but, I know I'll never do that so, I'm destined to probably remain a hack but, that's okay with me as I'm not really that bothered if I become world famous or not! just, so long as I get pleasure and have fun.

Does that make sense?


Lee

Erm...edit to add:

Thinking about it some more if Sony BMG are reading this? and would like to offer me say a $million (or 2!) for a 3 record deal? I may have to re-think my priorities!
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#1154282 - 02/27/09 11:14 PM Re: Canon in D [Re: Seaside_Lee]
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Here is an entertaining example of Seaside's point, regarding the "clue" to pop music. I'm sure Seaside has seen it, but a few others might not have:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHBVnMf2t7w
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