Johann Pachelbel’s beautiful and ever-popular Canon in D major is the ideal place to start learning about chords and how to play a chord sequence. The simple key chords repeat predictably under melodic figures, providing the ideal opportunity for learning about harmony, melody writing and improvisation.
Familiar and delightful, the Canon chord sequence forms the basis of many pieces of popular music, and you will be able to apply the keyboard skills and theory learnt in the Musicarta Canon Project to lots of other chord sequences you know.
Each module in the Canon Project adds a ‘bite-sized’ piece to your music theory knowledge and to own unique performance, showing you what to play and how to practice it, with numerous illustrations and full audio and video support.
Studying the Canon also provides a good opportunity to develop your musical ear. Module material coaches your recognition of the Canon chords, and, with practice, you will find yourself being able to tell just by listening what chords are being used in lots of mainstream popular music.
Watch the Introduction module for free and access the sample content web pages to see if the Musicarta Canon Project is the keyboard creativity course for you!
- You have a piano or keyboard and elementary keyboard skills.
- Improvise on the Pachelbel Canon chord sequence and use these creative skills on other chord sequences too.
Bob Chappell (aka Mister Musicarta) has been "messing round with chords" since he got turfed off the school piano for playing four-handed boogie with a pal. A lifetime musician, playing for functions and ballet class and every modern style under the sun, Bob now teaches and plays in Cape Town, South Africa.
Years of teaching a creative curriculum called 'composing at the keyboard' have been honed down to what works best to free that musician within. Visit the Musicarta website and Mister Musicarta YouTube channel (links below) to sample my approach.
Looking forward to seeing you on the courses!