Help me write this verision of Pachelbel's Canon
I've been playing violin for only one year. Recently, I came across these two video-recordings of the same person, on youtube:
The music left me ecstatic. The busker can be heard playing his 'remixed' version of Canon. I spent a week trying to write the notes. But I cannot seem to get it right. Could anyone help me write it? (or perhaps share the notes if the sheet is available on internet)
Any new version (or any version) of the Pachelbel should have the cello line deleted! Cellists will know what I mean ;)
@Trevor I know what you mean. Canon is pretty infamous amongst the lot of cellists.
on computer or phone download MuseScore(it's free), there are a dozen copies there
@Jim Auckerman, I already have Canon's sheet, but I want the sheet of the particular version of Canon that the busker in the video is playing. It is a little bit different than the 'original' Canon.
Not all of these are "original"... check:
I'm willing to help you transcribe the Canon in the video. However, my fee is $100 per hour, and accuracy is not guaranteed, and I will not accept a deadline.
@Paul - you mean this might be difficult, hmm, it's only notes and staffs- don't they pretty-much write themselves
I could try. Which video do you want me to refer to? 1 or 2?
It's pretty much straight forward, we're not talking about decrypting the hidden cello line of a symphony. Here's only a violin and the melody, just by ear you should be able to do it. Of course your problem is you're just a beginner and it must be quite difficult for you to write that down or guess the notes.
@Ella Yu, Thanks a ton. Both the videos involve the same music.
I guess Canon Rock could even leave you more ecstatic (just in case you don't know). And its sheet music is available.
That guy in the video appears to have improvised that "arrangement" of the Taco Bell Cannonball and he's essentially built up a storehouse of canned licks and fills over the chord changes, and he just mixes-and-matches those. He sounds great -- but why do the same thing every time? (Maybe because the tips are good; I hope so.)
I checked both clips, and they each start at different points in the canon, not the beginning. Sorry I'm having so much trouble referring to those videos.
@Ella Yu, 2nd video. I want to notes from 0:00 to 0:46 (after that is a mere repetition couple of times)
@Paul Deck I did try, but only on the music-notation softwares. You're right, I should've tried it on my violin before seeking help.
Yes one reason to work out improvised material on your instrument is because the player, unless they are spectacularly good, will face practical limitations. Violin improv tends to be violinistic (this is certainly true of Stephane Grappelli, for example) and piano improv tends to be pianistic (good examples there are Erroll Garner and Oscar Peterson) so if you are playing the same instrument you can often find the next few notes with your hands before you find them with your ear. It's when a pianist or violinist decides to transcribe Charlie Parker or Fats Navarro solos that it becomes tough. Transcription of multi-voice material such as Bill Evans or Brad Mehldau is hard too, even for a pianist. Those skills must be built up gradually. A *really* good piano teacher can help. (I had one once, but I was a teenager and I didn't realize the opportunity I was wasting.)
Hi Aditya, I have transcribed 0:00-0:46 of video #2. The sheet music may not look great, but it should do. Check it out at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xcrTDlGrbHFgsEfnWIwnyPkCQLSLpCoq
Be careful about working for free for those unwilling to do the work themselves, Ella. You're very nice to do that, though.
Erik, I find it staggering that people will not help each other in a forum setting like this. We are all smart enough to know when we are being taken advantage of, and can quietly withdraw our services, is that need evenuates.
I'm willing to bet Paul's comment was a joke...
Gene, thanks for being the voice of sanity here. Asking for $100 an hour was just a silly, off-handed way of saying I didn't have time to help out. I never expected anyone to consider it a serious business proposition, especially with so many outrageous conditions attached.
I think Gene's interpretation of Paul's first comment is very logical, but I first interpreted it literally because I'm terrible at identifying and understanding jokes. The transcription work is fairly easy because the line that needs to be transcribed is obvious, and the rhythm is predictable and easy to identify. This is fairly difficult work for a beginner, so I'm not surprised that the OP gave up trying. I thank the OP for at least trying, and in no way would I charge any money for any job like this.
Ella, no doubt it's very, very kind of you to do such thing. I remember my sister asking me for some similar help and I refused :-))
Graeme: I guess my feeling might be a bit more dry than most about this, since I already help roughly 40 people every week with their problems (my students) and get paid to do so. So, my "extra" energy for helping others tends to be a bit thin when there's no money involved.
When my students asked me to transcribe something, I threw aside the curriculum for an hour, and showed the whole class how to transcribe music (using the piece required as the working example). And it was a good investment of everyone's time. Applied theory. Applied musicianship. Applied relationship building.
I learned to transcribe and find out melodies myself, without a teacher and with no musical training of any way, zero theory is what I had at the beginning. The only thing you needs is PASSION about it. I figured out hundreds of tunes and melodies. Now I know many pieces or songs I learned myself alone, without any help, were wrong, but at that time I didn't know, I thought they were perfect. Now I have a vast experience at figuring out melodies just by ear.
Graeme, these are 40 PRIVATE students I'm talking about, which means that would have been very impractical to get everyone together to do what you're speaking about.
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