Canon In D Acoustic Guitar Chords

Pachelbel’s Canon in D major is a very recognizable theme that is often played at weddings and graduations, usually on violins, violas and cellos. Canon on acoustic guitar sounds very good when the chords are played as arpeggios (one note at a time). This should be an easy acoustic guitar lesson if you can already play some guitar chords:

Canon in D follows a repeating eight chord progression: D major, A major, B minor, F# minor, G major, D major, G major, A major. Most of these chords are played with open strings (open chords) and even if you have trouble with the bar chords (Bm and F#m), you can use a finger roll technique as shown in the video to make them much easier to play.

As was previously mentioned, all of these guitar chords are played as arpeggios, instead of strumming all the notes at the same time. This means we are playing each note of each chord individually, one at a time. The sound of each note is still allowed to ring out once played, however. This pattern should be fairly easy to play using either a pick or your fingers. Below you will find the TAB for Canon in D, arranged for acoustic guitar.

Pachelbel’s Canon Guitar TAB:

Canon acoustic TAB
Canon acoustic TAB

B7 Guitar Chord

How to play a B7 guitar chord is clearly explained in the following video guitar lesson:

A B7 chord, also known as a B dominant 7th chord or Bdom7, contains four different notes that give it a characteristic sound. The root note is of course a B, the major 3rd is a D# note, the perfect 5th is an F# note and the dominant 7th is an A note.

The first thing in this video lesson you learn is the best shape for this chord on your guitar, which is an open position B7 guitar chord:


Here is the B7 chord guitar TAB:


This chord shape should be fairly comfortable for you to hold, even though you are required to use all four fingers and need to make sure the open B string rings clear. The best piece of advice for holding most guitar chords is that you always need to keep your fingers curved unless the particular finger is doing a bar. Only the fingertips should be touching the fretted string, and enough room needs to be made so open strings can also ring clearly and not be accidentally muted by a fretting finger!

The second part of this chord lesson shows you a challenging B7 barre chord shape beginning at the 7th fret position on the E string. Note that this chord can also incorporate a high dominant 7th note (in this can an A note), which really brings out the bluesy quality of the B7 guitar chord.