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Canon Effect

Updated on May 1, 2012

“It was the most beautiful sound in the world…It was part Mathematics…

and part euphoria…”

Many hear it anywhere but to me it has that effect…something that makes me fall in love and pinch my heart deeply at the same time.

It was my first time to touch a piano, same time when I first heard that beautiful music. I knew it was special and the unknown effect that I didn’t understand, I knew I had to find out…

They play it in wedding march, too. And people who take up piano lessons often play it in their recitals. Odd that from all the people I’ve met playing piano, I’ve never heard them play this piece. :c

My Sassy Girl had it in my fave scene. In case you’re wondering, My Sassy Girl is a Korean movie (that soon had an English remake). But I recommend the Korean one, trust me. And Kyle XY, had it too. (see the first video)

And what’s this Canon I’m talking about?

For chocolate’s sake, it’s the most famous piece of music by Johann Pachelbel, a German Baroque composer. If you want more history about his Canon in wiki, click here.

How to play Canon in D

There are lots of ways to play Canon. Some play Canon in C, D minor and more but since Canon in D major is the widely known , it’s the one I’m giving. And of course, there are lots of versions and variations, too.

If you know how to read musical sheets and arrangements, here are the free copies of Canon in D major…

Using Piano

Using String Quartet, Harpsichord

Using Violin and Cello (duet)

Using Violin

Using Trumpet

How to play Canon in D (a shortcut)

You don’t know how to read musical notes and symbols? No worries, this video will let you learn to play Canon in D in easy ways. You just have to remember the right keys.

Play Canon in Guitar

It sounds good in acoustic guitar and electric guitar, too. See CiscoPixie’s electric guitar’s hub. :)


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    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A brilliant idea with the video and such a thoughtful poem

    • erinb62 profile image

      Erin Buttermore 

      7 years ago from Laconia

      It's an easy but beautiful song...

    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Oh man, that piano had me weeping like there´s no tomorrow... LOL x

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      Fehl Dungo 

      8 years ago from close to you...

      me too..thanks CM :)

      Hi Cath! Yup, I like almost Jason's movies. Ha "All Together Now" has all the emotions.. Loved when they used it as the official song for the England Football Team's 2004 campaign :) Always nice to see you XO

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      Cathy Nerujen 

      8 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      Hello blaise - we love the transporter movies and Mr Statham's pecks ...films...are always good to watch, so Cassy says. Ha. I love this music. The British version of "All together now" is one of my favourite versions of Canon, which that music transcends all languages and emotions. We all feel the same about things that so move us. This is a cool bub! Mwah!

      Astra Nomik.

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      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I wish I had musical talent.. oh well, I know what i like, anyway! Great post.

    • blaise25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Fehl Dungo 

      8 years ago from close to you...

      Mik - I don't have such talent in music, but I really love music so I play some stuffs in keyboard sometimes. And I crazy have that life-list to learn at least 3 instruments ;) Recital? hahah maybe Thanks, Mik

      Cheeky - Canon is so beautiful indeed. Yeah, I heard "See you when you get there" by 2pac and Coolio. Now I know Diddy had it too. Thanks for sharing, CG. :) I know, I know you're one Cheeky girl who really appreciate beautiful music :) Ow, yeah I told you, watch it with Cath. The lady in there has a resemblance with the girl of Mr. Transporter in Transporter 1 :) Plus it's sassy, funny and so moving. :p

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      Cassandra Mantis 

      8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Canon is one of the most famous pieces of music in existence, and it has been put to good uses in modern pop music like "A Whiter shade of pale" and "Altogether now" by the Farm, and in other songs by people like P Diddy. ("See you when you get there") I am not a music instrument playing person, but I know beautiful music when I hear it. This is beautiful, Blaise. What a lovely hub tribute to such great music! Thanks for this! I loved the "Sassy Girl" video too! :D

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you again Blaise. I wish I had a talent! Maybe you could hold a recital for us some day. Thank you Dear!

    • blaise25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Fehl Dungo 

      8 years ago from close to you...

      Thanks :) Very hard I'm sure but hey, Canon really rocks in electric ;) Once you're fine with chords, everything will be easy. All hardship are all worth it when you play your music :) XO

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      8 years ago

      haha awesome! Do you know how hard it is to play Canon in electric? I'm still strumming chords.. thanks for linking ;) will return the favour soon



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