A More Efficient Way To Play Pachebell's Cannon In D #1 - Piano

Play these 8 chords as blocked. The fingers are for right hand only.

D - A - b - f# - G - D - G - A (upper-case letters are Major chords, lower-case are Minor chords)

also written as:

I - V - vi - iii - IV - I - IV - V

Now you could improvise with Pachebell’s Cannon in D for 8 hours a day a year, but if your playing them all in natural position would be a lot of jumping. Instead, let’s try to condense the movements so we can focus our energy more on the melody and less on the chord position movements.

Now let’s define our starting position as this is crucial to keeping things efficient.

We need to go from I to V.

Let’s start on the I chord in the key of D:

Dmaj chord in Natural Position ( D - F# - A - D)

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Now we want to go to V with:

Amaj chord (V) in First Inversion ( C# - E - A - C#)

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Now we want to go to vi:

1) bmin chord in First Inversion (B - D - F# - B)

b minor.JPG

At this point, the chord changes we have done are D - A - b or I - V - vi. Let’s continue.

Building off this, my mind instantly comes to:

F# minor chord (iii) in First Inversion (A - C# - F# - A)

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Then we go to:

G major chord (IV) in Natural Position (G - B - D - G)

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To:

1) D major chord (I) in First Inversion ( F# - A - D - F#)

dmajor.JPG

To:

G major chord (IV) in Natural Position (G - B - D - G)

gmajor.JPG

To:

Amaj chord (V) in Natural Position ( A - C# - E - A)

amjor.JPG

Then back home:

Dmaj chord in First Inversion ( A - D - F# - A)

you can go back to A maj here and restart a loop.

you can go back to A maj here and restart a loop.


In the future I may explore different routes to see if I can play this progression in an even more efficient manor.









The motion for these chord changes will look and feel like a Nike swoosh logo

D - A - b - f# - G - D - G - A or I - V - vi - iii - IV - I - IV - V

What if we tried to turn this motion more into an infinity sign motion?

What if we tried to turn this motion more into an infinity sign motion?