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Canon in D Sharp
By Sean Conklin

Hey everyone!

My name is Sean Conklin. I'm a guitar instructor at the recently launched website, We're honored to be here at Cyberfret and look forward to contributing more lessons in the future. With that said, let's rock!

In this lesson, we're going to learn a cool sequence over the famous "Canon in D" progression. However, I did raise it up a half step so we're going to call it "Canon in D-sharp" instead. I'm sure Johann Pachelbel won't mind. :-)

As said in the video, the rhythmic notes we'll be playing in this riff are 16th note triplets, also known as sextuplets. So for every beat, we're going to play 6 notes. Out of the 6 notes in each beat, only the first 4 will be picked. The last 2 notes will be played using legato, with your pinky hammering on the 5th note then pulling off to the 6th note.

Check out the tab below, and draw your attention to the 3rd and 4th notes in each beat. Notice how they are both played using a downstroke? So we're also using sweep picking in this riff. Make sure you don't separate the picking motion when playing those 2 notes. It should be a nice, smooth motion downward. Depending on your experience with sweep picking, this might feel incredibly awkward at first, and you might be tempted to just use alternate picking instead, but don't! I admit that when I first learned techniques like this, I wanted to revert to playing straight alternate picking. But in the end, I found that these subtle sweeping motions can add a lot of ease and fluidity to my playing. So don't take any shortcuts. Use the pickstrokes exactly how they're indicated in the tab.

Lastly, I'd suggest that you only work on one measure at a time with this. Start with the first measure, then work your way through the others. And the more you learn of this riff, you'll start to see that there is a very consistent pattern: You'll find yourself playing a sequence of notes on the D and G strings, then immediately after you'll play the same sequence of notes on the A and D strings. So, once you master the first measure, the remaining measures will be a bit easier.

As always, practice slowly and work your way up with speed. Worry about getting faster only when you can play the whole piece flawlessly at a slow speed. Once you have it down, be sure to go to the end of the video to practice with the backing track.

That's it! Thanks for checking out our first lesson here at Cyberfret. Practice hard and have fun!

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