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Canon in D Piano Notes: Tutorial & Free Sheet Music

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Would you like to learn Canon in D on the piano? That’s exactly the objective of this article!

Composed by Johann Pachelbel around 1680, this work is composed of two movements: a canon and a gigue, for three violins and continuo. It is one of the most popular pieces of music by Johann Pachelbel.

Traditionally played at wedding marches, this music has been used by the greatest composers in some of their works, such as Mozart in a passage from his Magic Flute.

Today, the Canon is considered one of the most popular piano pieces. It is played by many pianists who love Pachelbel’s works.

In this article, the goal is to make you learn Canon in D on the piano in an easy version. You will learn to play the notes of the right hand, then those of the left hand. Each part is accompanied by a tutorial video that shows you the notes to play in an interactive way. Thanks to these videos, you will have a visual support to deepen your learning.

At the end of the article, you will also find the piano sheet music of Canon in D for free download.

Ready to learn? Let’s get started!

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Canon in D on the piano: finding your way around the keyboard

Before playing the Canon in D, we will first review the basics of piano playing by discussing the names of the notes on a piano keyboard. If you already know this part, we recommend that you go directly to the next part (learning to play the right hand notes of the Canon).

Start by looking at the diagram below:

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The name of the notes on a piano keyboard.

The picture above shows the correspondence, for each key on a piano keyboard, with the name of a note (C, D, E, F, G, A, B).

To find your way around the keyboard more easily, you can use the black keys. Indeed, if you look at the picture, you will see that the black keys work in groups of two (in orange) and three (in blue) that follow one another. This alternation makes it easier for you to find your way around the keyboard.

For example, if you are looking for the note A, you first have to look at the groups of three black keys (in blue on the picture). Once you have identified a group of three, press the white key between the second and third black keys in that group: this is your A note.

Practice quickly identifying notes on the piano keyboard. This way, you will be able to follow this tutorial article to learn Pachelbel’s Canon in D on the piano much easier.

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Canon in D: playing the notes with the right hand

Where to start?

We are not going to teach you all the notes of the right hand right away. Instead, we’ll start by identifying the first note to be played with the right hand in the music, building on what we covered in the previous section.

The first note to play with the right hand is an F#:

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F# is the first note of the right hand in Canon in D on piano.

The notes of the right hand

Did you find the Fa # note? Perfect.

Now we are going to play all the notes that make up the melody of the song. Press the following notes in succession:

F # – E – D – C – B – A – B – C # – D + F # – C # + E – B + D – A + C # – G + B – F # + A – G + B – E + C # – D – F # – A – G – F # – D – F # – E – D – B – D – A – G – B – A – G – F # – D – A – G – F # – D – F # – E + A – D + B – G – F # – A – G – B – D – G – C # – D – C # – D – E – A – C # – F # – D – F # – A – F # – A – B – G – F # – E – G – F # – E – D – C # – B – A – G – F # – E – G – F # – E – D – E – F # – D – C # – E – A – G – F # – D – C # – B – C # – G – A – B – G – F # – E – G – F # – E – D – C # – B – A – G – B – A – B – A – G – F # – F # – E – E – D – D – C # – C # – B – B – A – A – B – B – C # – C # – F # + D – D + F # – C # + E – B + D – D + F # – D + B – A – D – B – G – C # – A – A – F # – G – A – F # – G – A – A – B – C # – D – E – F # – G – F # – D – E – F # – F # – G – A – B – A – G – A – F # – G – A – G – B – A – G – F # – E – F # – E – D – E – F # – G – A – B – G – B – A – B – C # – D – A – B – C # – D – E – F # – G – A – D + F # – C # + E – B + D – A + C # – G + B – F + A – G + B – A + C # – F # + D – A + C # – F # + B – F # + A – D + G – D + F # – B + D – A + C # – F + A + D.

Play all of these notes in a row and you will have the melody of Pachelbel’s Canon in D on the piano, performed with the right hand.

Repeat this sequence of notes several times in a row until your playing becomes fluent. Once you feel comfortable with the sequence, you can switch to the left hand.

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Canon in D for piano: the notes of the right hand.

Video tutorial

The following tutorial video shows the different notes that we have listed above. The notes appear interactively and descend on a virtual piano at the bottom of the screen. When the notes arrive on the virtual piano, you must play them on your piano. Take the time to watch this video to learn which notes to play with your right hand and to understand the beats and rhythm of each note.

Video tutorial of the notes to play with the right hand for Canon in D.
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Canon in D: playing the notes with the left hand

Where to start?

You have learned the notes with your right hand, congratulations! Now we’re going to do exactly the same thing with the left.

Start by identifying the first note to play with your left hand. This is D:

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D is the first note of the left hand in Canon in D.
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The notes of the left hand

Did you manage to find the note D? Great!

Now we can continue with the rest of the sequence. Play the following notes one after the other with your left hand:

D – A – B – F# – G – D – G – A – D – F# – A – D – A – C# – E – A – B – D – F# – B – F# – A – C# – F# – G – B – D – G – D – A – D – F# – G – D – G – A – C# – E – D – F# – A – D – A – C# – E – A – B – D – F# – B – F# – A – C# – F# – G – B – D – G – D – A – D – F# – G – D – G – A – C# – E – D – F# – A – D – A – C# – E – A – B – D – F# – B – F# – A – C# – F# – G – B – D – G – D – A – D – F# – G – D – G – A – C# – E – D – F# – A – D – A – C# – E – A – B – D – F# – B – F# – A – C# – F# – G – B – D – G – D – A – D – F# – G – D – G – A – C# – E – D – F# – A – D – A – C# – E – A – B – D – F# – B – F# – A – C# – F# – G – B – D – G – D – A – D – F# – G – D – G – A – C# – E – D – F# – A – D – A – C# – E – A – B – D – F# – B – F# – A – C# – F# – G – B – D – G – D – A – D – F# – G – D – G – A – C# – E – D – F# – A – D – A – C# – E – A – B – D – F# – B – F# – A – C# – F# – G – B – D – G – D – A – D – F# – G – D – G – A – C# – E – D – F# – A – D – A – C# – E – A – B – D – F# – B – F# – A – C# – F# – G – B – D – G – D – A – D – F# – G – D – G – A – C# – E – D – F# – A – D – A – C# – E – A – B – D – F# – B – F# – A – C# – F# – G – B – D – G – D – A – D – F# – G – D – G – A – C# – E – D – A – B – F# – G – D – G – A – D – D – A – A – B – B – F# – F# – G – D – D – D – G – G – A – A – D – A – B – F# – G – D – G – A – D.

When you play all these notes in succession, you get the accompaniment to Canon in D on the piano, performed with the left hand.

Practice playing this long, repetitive sequence of notes over and over so that you can get comfortable with it.

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Canon in D for piano: the notes of the left hand.

Video tutorial

We have done the same thing as the right hand here: a tutorial video that shows you interactively all the notes of the left hand coming down on a virtual piano. Play the indicated notes as they arrive on the virtual piano.

Video tutorial of the left hand notes for Canon in D.

Congratulations, you now know how to play the left and right hand notes of one of the most famous classical and romantic songs of all time!

Now let’s see how to play this piece with both hands at the same time on the keyboard.

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Canon in D on the piano: playing the song with both hands

Advice

One of the most difficult exercises when starting to play the piano is what is called hand dissociation, that is, being able to play with both hands at the same time on the keyboard.

This is a difficult exercise because the brain is not used to processing such precise motor tasks simultaneously. It takes a lot of practice before you can play with both hands smoothly.

To save a little time in your learning process, we advise you to work in small sequences of a few seconds. Start slowly with each of these sequences, then gradually increase the pace as you become more comfortable.

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Canon in D on the piano: the notes of both hands.

Video tutorial

We have made a third and final tutorial video here that shows you the notes to play with both hands at the same time. Take the time to observe the time of each note and when they should be played to stay in the rhythm of the song. Above all, focus on the synchronization of your two hands, it is the most important for this part of the tutorial.

You can also pause the video when the notes arrive on the virtual keyboard. This will give you time to reposition your fingers on the piano so you can play the notes at the right time.

Note: on La Touche Musicale app, you don’t need to pause the song. The application waits for you until you play the right note.

Video tutorial to play the two hands notes of Canon in D on piano.

Now you know how to play one of the most famous romantic piano works in the world! If one of your friends is getting married soon, you’ll know what to play for them! 

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Download the free piano sheet music of Canon in D in PDF

In addition to offering you the opportunity to learn this famous classical composition, we also offer you the opportunity to download its score to practice wherever and whenever you want.

Click on the following link to download the sheet music of Canon in D for free. You can then print it out and play it from anywhere.

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