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.
These Spanish guitar chords are easy to learn and sound great as they each contain an open string with a low root note. These chords are also unique because they are played at the 5th fret position which is a lesson common way of voicing them, especially together.
This lesson is shown with a 12-string acoustic guitar, but a regular six string will do just fine. The first chord we play in this progression is a D minor, at the 5th fret position. This chord can be played as an arpeggio (which means to pick the notes individually) or alternatively it can be strummed. Sometimes it can be more interesting to listen to if both methods are employed, one after the other, as shown in this video.
The next chord in this Spanish progression is an A minor guitar chord. It’s played by using the index finger to bar the 5th frets of G B and e, while the ring finger is holding down the 7th fret of the D string. This leaves us with an open A string to play along with this chord, which we can either strum or play as an arpeggio, or both!
The third chord in this progression is a hybrid form of an E7 guitar chord, that sounds very good since all six strings are used to play it in this position, and two of these strings (the E and B string) are played open. Once this is played we go back to the A minor chord, as shown in the video. So have fun with these unusual and exotic Spanish guitar chords, and experiment with both the strumming and the arpeggio variations.