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Pachalbel's Canon Progression

By the German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel.

PUBLISHED: Jan 29, 2014 • UPDATED: Sep 27, 2019 • LESSON CODE: UL59h • VISITS: 34

ANY ukulele Subjects: chordsprogressionstheory

Pachalbel's Canon Progression

In the key of C major Pachelbel's Canon is: C G Am Em F C F G. This is a I V VI III IV I IV V in harmonic analysis notation. In Nashville Numbering it's 1 5 6 3 4 1 4 5.

C G Am Em F C F G

It is a full diatonic progression with all the chords coming from it's parent major scale. A bit of a variation of the famous Four Chord Pop chord progression.

Pachelbel's Canon is the name commonly given to a canon by the German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel in his Canon and Gigue for 3 violins and basso continuo. It is his most famous composition. It was originally scored for three violins and basso continuo and paired with a gigue. Both movements are in the key of D major.

Pachelbel's Canon combines the techniques of canon and ground bass. Canon is a polyphonic device in which several voices play the same music, entering in sequence. In Pachelbel's piece, there are three voices engaged in canon, but there is also a fourth voice, the basso continuo, which plays an independent part.

Example Songs

  • The Who - Pictures of Lily (the chorus)
  • The Beatles - In My Life (the piano break)
  • Bee Gees - Spicks and Specks
  • Petula Clark - Don't Sleep In The Subway
  • David Bowie - Changes
  • David Bowie - All the Young Dudes
  • Oasis - Whatever
  • The Monkees - It's Not Too Late
  • Green Day - Basket Case
  • Vitamin C - Graduation Friends Forever
  • Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter - One Tin Soldier
  • Belle & Sebastian - Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying
  • My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
  • Blues Traveler - Hook
  • The Polyphonic Spree - Light And Day / Reach for the Sun
  • Coolio - C U When U Get There
  • Joe Jackson - Hometown
  • Tupac - Life Goes On
  • Therapy Sisters - Pachelbel's Tantrum
  • The Farm - All Together Now
  • First Class - Beach Baby
  • Traditional - My Jesus I Love Thee
  • Mary-Kate and Ashley - Imagine
  • Relient K - Operation
  • The Farm - All Together Now
  • The Polyphonic Spree - Section 9
  • Happa-tai - Yatta
  • Delerium - Paris
  • Aphrodite's Child - Rain and Tears
  • Lutricia McNeal - Rise
  • Menelik - Je Me Souviens
  • Libera - Sanctus
  • Ozone - Dragostea Din Tei

Additional Song Links

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