‘Canon Rock’ Guitar Lesson – How to play the YouTube classic

This video lesson features a mashup I made combining the video tablature lesson format featured here at GuitarTeacher.com and the most watched guitar video in YouTube history! Korean guitarist ‘funtwo’ performes the arrangement of “Canon Rock” by Taiwanese guitarist JerryC, a rocking take off of classical standard “Pachelbel’s Canon in D”. I added the in-video guitar tab and animated guitar neck on top using Guitar Pro software. This is dedicated to bedroom guitar shredders worldwide! Check it out!

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If you want the Guitar Pro file used for the tab you can download it here. I also uploaded a browser-playable version at Songsterr.com, a cool website you should all be aware of.

Update: PDF version of the tab available here.
Update: Here is a link to the source file of my video with tablature: Canon Rock Video (Right click to save: “Save Link As…”)

Now that you know the notes, I will expect you to post your version of ‘Canon Rock’ to YouTube shortly!

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41 Comments on “‘Canon Rock’ Guitar Lesson – How to play the YouTube classic”

  • Vladimir wrote on 12 January, 2009, 2:48

    Exactly what I was waiting for ! :)Thanks

  • Storm wrote on 12 January, 2009, 7:36

    I use this WordPress plug-in called Smart YouTube. It is really helpful! 🙂

  • nomola wrote on 22 January, 2009, 2:28

    Thanks a lot for the tab!. Great site

  • Storm wrote on 27 February, 2009, 14:23

    @nomola: Thanks for visiting!

  • Ashbacher wrote on 25 April, 2009, 5:13

    I have been struggling with this for a long tie, I appreciate the encouragement – it gives me hope. Maybe someoneelse will figure this out.

  • ANDY wrote on 30 April, 2009, 14:46

    storm thanks 4 the awesome tab!!!!!!!!!

  • Ludewig wrote on 5 May, 2009, 10:35

    Thanks, exactly what I was looking for. Saved me some time. 🙂


  • noriel wrote on 27 May, 2009, 20:26

    your video really helped me a lot,..

    thanks 😀

  • alex wrote on 21 June, 2009, 17:57

    hey this what i’m looking for and it’s really good but is it possible to slow it down so you learn better 😀

  • killereye wrote on 3 July, 2009, 21:00

    can you teach me how to play???

  • Allen wrote on 5 July, 2009, 5:43

    what program will i use to view the tab??

  • Storm wrote on 6 July, 2009, 17:13

    @killereye: Contact me through the “Private Lessons” link in the site header.
    @Allen: If you mean to view the Guitar Pro file I link to, the two best programs are Guitar Pro and TuxGuitar. I use Guitar Pro (link above) and it is a pay program with a free trial. TuxGuitar is free, open-source software for viewing Guitar Pro files.

  • Martin wrote on 22 July, 2009, 8:44

    wow this is really great but i haven’t quite perfected it because i cant afford the software

  • Martin wrote on 22 July, 2009, 8:53

    also is this in a different tuning then normal?

  • Storm wrote on 22 July, 2009, 14:46

    @Martin – Try Songsterr.com or another free choice for playing Guitar Pro files is “TuxGuitar”. Most of the same features as GuitarPro and can play GP files.

    The tuning is standard.

  • Martin wrote on 22 July, 2009, 20:56

    cool thanks

  • Kelvin Gaw wrote on 29 July, 2009, 20:02

    hello sir , i have been visiting your web site for many hours.. Thank you so much to you for allow me to learn so much in such a short period of time. Your web site is a truly informative and you have a big heart of sharing so much lessons. i like to have your favor on how to get a copy of the tab with music notes if possible on this canon rock song. I study about this guitar pro 5. what is this? what does it do? Assuming i own this soft ware, open a song, using this soft ware, which will read this song and write the tab on my p c screen? than i print it ? one more question, you have so much lesson on your web, is there any lesson left for your private lessons ? sincerely and thank you for many lessons. kelvin.

  • Storm wrote on 18 August, 2009, 7:55

    @Kelvin Gaw – Thank you very much for your kind comments about my site. The few dozen lessons on the site now are just a little of what I hope to have on here soon with MUCH more available via Private Lessons or eLessons.

    I think you understand Guitar Pro. Essentially a tab player with rhythm. Check out Songsterr.com via the link in this lesson or on my homepage. Another good resource.

  • Harvey wrote on 30 October, 2009, 12:11

    Thanks So Much For Making This 😀 Much Apreciated 🙂

  • hasbul azii wrote on 16 January, 2010, 21:49


  • ~Daniel~ wrote on 6 February, 2010, 14:34

    hey thanks for the awesome post but do you know a program i can use for downloading and slowing down this video?

  • Edwin wrote on 8 February, 2010, 9:03

    Could anyone help me? I don’t know how to do the hammer ons that way.. because mine don’t sound like that.. (hammer ons at: 0:38 and 0:42)

  • Storm wrote on 8 February, 2010, 12:48

    @~Daniel~ – I put together a demonstration of how I would use Apple’s Quicktime player to do what you asked in a new post here: http://guitarteacher.com/2010/02/08/slowing-down-guitar-videos-using-quicktime/

    BTW, I updated this post with a link to the video file so anyone can try this out. Look for it above for download.

    Two other programs that I use to slow down audio files are Transcribe! (http://www.seventhstring.com/) and Amazing Slow Downer (http://www.ronimusic.com/).

  • Dhimaz wrote on 13 April, 2010, 5:57

    hai, saya berasal dari Indonesia. Saya mencari-cari tutorial bermain Canon Rock, dan akhirnya saya sampai di sini. Di sini, saya mendapat tutorial sangat lengkap. Terima kasih banyak atas tutorialnya.

    saya juga mau bertanya, program apa yang dapat memperlihatkan tab sebuah lagu?.

  • noel wrote on 16 April, 2010, 21:24

    sir.where i can find a tabs for that song?

  • Storm wrote on 17 April, 2010, 10:32

    @noel – Links to the Guitar Pro file, a PDF of the tab and a version on Songsterr.com are there in the post. I hope that helps.

  • Khanh Trang wrote on 6 May, 2010, 3:02

    Played so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wan wrote on 20 June, 2010, 21:42

    saya berasal dari malaysia.. saya ingin minta tunjuk ajar dengan cikgu2 sini.. bolehkah cikgu2 di sini ajar saya main guitar.

  • wan wrote on 20 June, 2010, 21:45

    I come from malaysia .. I would like to ask the teacher demonstration with the teacher here., can the teacher teach teacher here I play guitar.

  • leo wrote on 30 June, 2010, 19:31


  • harley wrote on 26 October, 2010, 5:26

    do you have tap of the song please write in note

  • roger wrote on 29 December, 2010, 17:34

    waooooooooooo teach meeeeeeeee you are cool

  • mozart wrote on 13 August, 2011, 12:48

    acoustic tabs?

  • Steve wrote on 28 September, 2011, 14:12

    I just looked at your tab for this. the tab is the jerry C version as Fun two does not play the sweeps on the 21st down to the 17th then down to the 14th/12th he just hammers on the 17th and 19th fret and sweeps the 9th/10th/11th & 12th back down again.
    basically the tab does not match the fun two version

  • ical wrote on 3 January, 2012, 4:02

    how to download this video

  • NORIKO wrote on 25 June, 2012, 7:12

    I use the guitar for the first time
    But want to play the Canon Rock!
    What is the location and use your fingers hold the strings
    I want tablature
    I saw – “How to play the YouTube classic! Canon Rock Guitar Lesson” on YouTube
    Was impressed
    I am Japanese

  • Mark wrote on 5 August, 2012, 4:07

    its kind a hard for a 14 yr old filipino beginner

  • Amit zamatia wrote on 20 August, 2012, 3:19

    Oh, thnk god i finally got a tab thnk u so muci sir for giving us dis wepside.

  • chester wrote on 28 August, 2012, 23:47

    I use the guitar for the first time
    But want to know more . i know it is really hard bud i can do.. 🙂

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