Johann Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D Major’, 1694; popular arrangement for solo guitar, as performed by Joe Greenwood on double guitar

I was asked to play this song for a girlfriend’s wedding as she walked her processional down the aisle.

That day, it was beautiful; but I was only able to play the first several opening measures. So, as a gift, I made this recording of the full arrangement.

Johann Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D Major’, 1694; popular arrangement for solo guitar, as performed by Joe Greenwood on double guitar

This is a widely popular arrangement for solo guitar that I have been playing since I was a young boy. Here, I recorded myself twice, once on top of the other, to fill in some areas that felt inarticulate without further clarification. It is a quick, rough sketch; I am far away from perfection in so many things, and my life is short.

My favorite performance arrangement for this song includes a group of strings, nearer the original score for three violins and basso continuo. Just the thought blooms a panoramic scene of beauty inside my mind.

For this recording, and at the wedding, I used an Epiphone ‘Chet Atkins’ model classical style electric-acoustic guitar, with nylon strings and a broad classical style neck. The guitar is borrowed from my uncle Alan.