Improvising Over the Chord Changes to "Pachelbel's Canon"


Hiromi's understated solo over this well known baroque keyboard piece is an accessible introduction to improvising with pentatonics. In this lesson, a transcription of her solo from 2010's "Place to Be" is analyzed for her use of the major pentatonic scale within the framework of the Four Components of Melodic Construction. As an added bonus, she incorporates stride and gospel elements as well.
Lesson Stats
Date added: 12/19/10
Duration: 17:33
Practice Sessions
Practice Session 1 - Play the Lesson Introduction Transcription
Practice Session 2 - Apply Hiromi’s Improv Strategies to “Pachelbel’s Canon”
Q&A
Q: Can't you divide 3/4 time into dotted quarter notes to get two strong beats per measure?
A: Yes. This works well if you have two chords in a measure. Instead of playing one chord for 2 beats and one for 1 beat (or vice versa) you can play each equally for one and a half beats each.
Further Listening
Listen to Pachelbel's Canon on Hiromi's 2010 album "Place to Be."
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