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How to Play Canon Rock in D by Johann Pachelbel (Guitar Lesson)

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David MacKenzie

Canon Rock in D

David Mackenzie teaches a rock oriented interpretation of Pachelbel's classic "Canon in D."

Taught by David MacKenzie in Songs with David seriesLength: 80:12Difficulty: 3.0 of 5

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Guitarfish64Guitarfish64 replied on September 1st, 2018

Cluky teaching and playing could be a good exercise

Slick12Slick12 replied on May 7th, 2018

i just noticed the performance intro is different then you teach

Bradley.ConwayBradley.Conway replied on May 8th, 2018

Hi Slick12! You're right about the intro piece being a little different from the lesson piece. I'm sure Dave was just doing a little improv on the intro performance. Sometimes this happens if there is a really good take that just happens to differ slightly from the actual lesson content. If you'll notice in the Supplemental Content Dave even mentions "This segment is slightly improved" :) HAPPY JAMMING!!

Slick12Slick12 replied on May 5th, 2018

great lesson ty

LilliannaLillianna replied on July 28th, 2017

very nice

scannon120scannon120 replied on June 9th, 2017

Thanks David. I like how you broke the song down into manageable sections. When you look at all the parts and practice them until you have it I can relate. Sorry to say the negative comments were posted from some. Thank you for the effort you put into this song you are a very talented guitarist.

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on October 19th, 2015

Should have been better I think, but not terrible. I even noticed several mistakes. I would not put my work out as a professional though with that many errors.

alexs2025alexs2025 replied on August 25th, 2014

Where's the tab that matches the lesson?

Bedroom ShreddersBedroom Shredders replied on May 23rd, 2014

This was just awful!

scottguitar5scottguitar5 replied on March 10th, 2014

Can we have a lesson of canon rock by JerryC ?

yosukeinoyosukeino replied on January 21st, 2014

what a joke

bmf628bmf628 replied on March 5th, 2013

I will repeat what was already written... Just tab what you play for christ sake

billyboyblubillyboyblu replied on January 1st, 2013

Great song, great instruction.. You can't find a better relaxed calm instructor.. Keep up the great lessons David

williamgorrellwilliamgorrell replied on March 20th, 2012

disappointed the demo included very little of the riff material covered in this entire lesson. Why not tab what was played?

SirtacoSirtaco replied on February 11th, 2012

Wow! I guess slaving till 2 o'clock in the morning over a song don't make the song sound good.....I'm sorry that sound bad.

SkyblowSkyblow replied on January 27th, 2012

this guy play this song horribly. i can't believe they didn't do a retake!

noahdexternoahdexter replied on April 24th, 2011

my guitar stinks what is a good guitar around 600

jammy4u2nvjammy4u2nv replied on September 23rd, 2011

Epiphone black beauty

kutlesskutless replied on June 18th, 2011

Love the lick around the 2:17 minute mark of the first performance of demonstration. Reminded me of a Steve Morse lick :)

rocker12rocker12 replied on April 30th, 2011

:D Awesome!

sbryantsbryant replied on February 12th, 2011

Great lesson David!

jtoddmjtoddm replied on January 1st, 2011

what tuning?

orajangorajang replied on November 18th, 2010

Great!! I need to buy a guitar pedal for this song. Would you please recommend one? I am using the AC4TV tube amp.

natalie528natalie528 replied on October 22nd, 2010

Oh I can't wait to learn this

HarryrHarryr replied on August 8th, 2010

Might have already come up but is there a backing track for this. Can not find it.

pencilneckpencilneck replied on August 3rd, 2010

really sweet stuff :)

andyrobertsandyroberts replied on July 8th, 2010

One of my favourite pieces of music and an arrangement that I quite like. Yes Jerry C, Fun Two, QPAK and Mattrach have versions that I prefer, I do think that DMac's version is one I would like to learn. My disapointment though David is that the version you have in the supp info is very sterile - yes I know this is a piece for the individual to embellish, but I've only been playing a few months (im only learning this as its great for practice as it has power chords/barre chords/bends/vibrato/pm/finger picking etc - so gives me a good workout) and I would prefer supp info that went with the on-screen version. I am sitting in front of the PC pause/playing trying to see where your fingers went and then write it down - you could have saved me (and others) a great deal of agony by just tabbing what you played. All the best Andy

cherubiamcloudcherubiamcloud replied on June 20th, 2010

To be honest this playing was pretty sloppy and far less virtous than other versions of Canon Rock but overall its a an alright version for people who cant play the epic versions found on youtube (like me >.

eagle leeagle le replied on January 29th, 2010


howiehowie replied on January 7th, 2010

David what are you playing thru (amp, what settings and pedals/effects?

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied on January 7th, 2010

i think that one was straight thru matt browns marshall amp, but i am not sure what model amp it is. just a little reverb going on there. it is a combo sized amp, at least 50 watts i think?

mgaurav5mgaurav5 replied on December 30th, 2009

I mite be asking for too much, but is it possible for you to tab your performance? There are parts that I cannot understand but would love to learn them :) Thanks

rfriendrfriend replied on December 23rd, 2009

Awesome challange, you did a fantastic job. I do seem to have a problem with the backing trac. Whay I right clicked and douwn loded the backing track it was no where close to what you were playing to. Totally different. When I click the play button in the lesson the backing track and your background match?

rfriendrfriend replied on December 23rd, 2009

My mistake, I named the wrong download.

martymaymartymay replied on December 14th, 2009

Great lesson. Thanks

rudym13rudym13 replied on December 9th, 2009

how come theres some parts that arnt tabbed? like the chords and main theme

CarolLBCarolLB replied on December 3rd, 2009

Crap, I wish I was skilled enough to play a 3.0 rated song. This lesson is fantastic Dave, and certainly something to strive for. Maybe next year I'll be able to play it.

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied on December 3rd, 2009

take the breakdown of licks and riffs, and work on one or two a week and build up slowly. you'll get there.

gone workingone workin replied on December 3rd, 2009

When you comped the song, you failed to include the 'hamming it up' pre-intro, lol. Great lesson, professor! Wonderful break down, and it sounded awesome.

matt890camatt890ca replied on December 2nd, 2009

Thanks a lot! Now theres no getting things done around the house for quite some time.... Awesome lesson! Thanks.

kvdalykvdaly replied on December 1st, 2009

Great choice DMac! You rocked it. Will there be tab posted?

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied on December 2nd, 2009

i have writen all these riffs out and just need to get them into a form that can be posted. so hang in there.

alexjustdoitalexjustdoit replied on December 1st, 2009

I absolutely love your videos, and you were the main teacher I wanted to learn from on jamplay, so I was a bit dissapointed to see that you didnt teach any genre.

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eagle leeagle le replied on December 1st, 2009

great thanks but i need tabs

nmoundnmound replied on December 1st, 2009 it!!!

thebigs2thebigs2 replied on December 1st, 2009

rockin those glasses dmac!

mgaurav5mgaurav5 replied on December 1st, 2009

2 thumbs up!! Thanks a lot :D:D

tammy7689tammy7689 replied on December 1st, 2009

AWESOME!!!...i've been wanting to learn this....cant wait to get started....thanks d-mac for the lesson..your awesome

scorpia75scorpia75 replied on December 1st, 2009

Dmac im not sure who i love more this song or you for teaching it. shed a tear..

J.artmanJ.artman replied on December 1st, 2009

Great video Dmac!

mrporcupinemrporcupine replied on December 1st, 2009

Holy SHIT this was the reason for me starting playing the guitar :D :D :D this song is soooo epic :) Everybody that has a electric guitar must learn this song!

souldksouldk replied on December 1st, 2009

kwl, I love the song been wanting to learn it myself for awhile so I'm taking the opportunity now;)

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