The Canon Project
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The Canon Project

Learn to improvise on this magical chord sequence.
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Created by Mister Musicarta
Last updated 7/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Improvise on the Pachelbel Canon chord sequence and use these creative skills on other chord sequences too.
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Requirements
  • You have a piano or keyboard and elementary keyboard skills.
Description

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!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anybody who wants to play the Pachelbel Canon and understand music theory in a creative way.
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Curriculum For This Course
8 Lectures
02:18:09
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Getting started
8 Lectures 02:18:09

To start your exploration of this wonderful piece of music, you learn a string of eight 'thirds' (pairs of notes). You can immediately start improvising over the backing tracks, which you download via the link below.

Download the zipped backing tracks folder (in External Resources) to play along to!

Still not convinced? Try the sample content web pages linked below.

For your convenience, you can also study from the module web page linked below.

Preview 14:31

Next, you add the eight-note bass line for your first solo performance.

Download the lesson notes from Resources.

For convenience, you can also study the module from the web page linked below.

The Canon Project: Module Two
13:34

Next, you fill out the treble (top) part by making three-note 'triads' - with two hands to start with. You can make a lot of music over backing tracks and the audio examples with these three notes and their neighbours!

Download the lesson notes from Resources.

For convenience, you can also study the module from the web page linked below.

The Canon Project: Module Three
14:36

Noe you play the triads with you right hand alone over the left hand bass line, and see how many of the Module Three patterns you can manage single-handed.

Download the lesson notes from Resources.

For convenience, you can also study the module from the web page linked below.

Also with this module, there is a downloadable Voice Movement Diagram supplement to help you get to grips with how the hree notes of the triads move about.

The Canon Project: Module Four
22:55

The right hand triads can usefully be broken up into 'broken chord patterns', notated in bottom, middle, top (BMT) shorthand. This is a staple of popular-styles keyboard texture.

Download the lesson notes from Resources.

For convenience, you can also study the module from the web page linked below.

The Canon Project: Module Five
16:30

'Time out' from further developments to make sure you understand some basic music theory items and terms, like chord symbols, chord tone naming, Inversions and so on.

Download the lesson notes from Resources.

For convenience, you can also study the module from the web page linked below.

The Canon Project: Module Six
34:20

Now we start building the left hand accompaniment pattern - a classic root-fifth-octave-tenth pattern you will find yourself using again and again in your 'improvising at the keyboard'.

Download the lesson notes from Resources.

For convenience, you can also study the module from the web page linked below.

The Canon Project: Module Seven
19:49

You play the accompaniment pattern with your left hand alone and add thirds and third patterns in the right hand.

Download the lesson notes from Resources.

For convenience, you can also study the module from the module web page linked below.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: An IT mishap is causing delay in the preparation of the remaining four promised video modules. Musicarta would like in the meantime to offer you the option of studying from the old audio-only web pages linked below.

Our apologies for the inconvenience.

The Canon Project: Module Eight
01:54
About the Instructor
Mister Musicarta
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Creative music teacher with Musicarta

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!