Let’s learn Pachelbel’s Canon! (Easy)

Here’s a very simple three-part ukulele performance tab for a short version of Pachelbel’s Canon in D (The tab’s in ukulele-friendly C, though). Want to learn it to play at Cafe Blackbird?

Haha, just kidding. Ours is MUCH easier. If you’re not sure about playing ukulele tabs, don’t worry. It is very simple to learn. Click through for printable music and a tab guide!

If you don’t know how, you can pick up the basics of reading tabs at part 1 of the tab guide at ukulelehunt.com.

The tab for the Canon has all three parts on one sheet, and is in PDF format.

Lead Ukulele Part:

  • Two strings
  • Not too hard.

Tenor Ukulele Part:

  • One string
  • Dang, that’s easy.

Soprano Ukulele Part:

  • One string
  • Super easy.

Do You Play Baritone?

  • One string
  • Take the tenor tab, and just play it on your E string, which is your highest tuned string.

Here’s the orchestral version, just to remind you what it sounds like. (Remember, it is a full step higher than our tab, so it won’t sound great if you try to play along.)

Canon In D – Johann Pachelbel


And here, again, is the music for us!

PDF music files:

Canon in C part  1

Canon in C part 2 (Arpeggio style, not transposed for baritone)

For fun, here’s the Canon in C from the Ukulele Orchestra of Amsterdam, which also fits with what we’re playing (not transposed for baritone).




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