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Pachelbel, Johann – Canon in D

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If ever a song needed no introduction, surely it would be Pachelbel's Canon in D. Composed around 1700, the Canon was fairly popular in it's day, but fell into obscurity until the 20th century. Now it's one of the most widely recognized and loved of all classical pieces.

While the Canon in D was written in the Baroque musical period, it's perfectly at home in any repertoire. It's been the inspiration for "copycat" versions by a multitude of pop artists since the 70's, from new age, to rap, to disco, and everything in between. Why?

Perhaps the infectious quality is due to the repeating bass line. It creates a solid order that is at once recognizable and predictable, while remaining compelling and interesting enough to allow for myriad variations in the melody.

Whatever the reasons, Pachelbel's Canon in D is a joy to play, and people love to hear it.

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Hi, I’m Allen Mathews. 


I started as a folk guitarist, then fell in love with classical guitar in my 20’s. Despite a lot of practice and schooling, I still couldn’t get my music to flow well. I struggled with excess tension. My music sounded forced. And my hands and body were often sore. I got frustrated, and couldn’t see the way forward. Then, over the next decade, I studied with two stellar teachers – one focused on the technical, and one on the musical (he was a concert pianist). In time, I came to discover a new set of formulas and movements. These brought new life and vitality to my practice. Now I help guitarists find more comfort and flow in their music, so they play more beautifully. Click here for a sample formula.