People play Pachelbel’s Canon arrangement at weddings, but they don’t play it like Funtwo plays the rock version on YouTube. After six years of learning the electric guitar, South Korean guitarist Lim Jeong (Funtwo) uploaded his “one of a kind” video to YouTube. Since then, millions of beginners and advanced guitarists have been captivated by his style … so much so that the YouTube clip ranks among the twenty-five best videos of all time. His exceptional musical talent earned him a spot on stage playing with guitar legend Joe Satriani for the “YouTube Live” event held in 2008.
How to find lessons to teach you
There are many instructional videos and tabbed lessons that can be purchased online. Just search online using the phrase “Canon Guitar Lessons”. There are search results pages filled with professional instructors offering lessons for this arrangement.
Learning to play this song excellently will take hundreds of hours of practice. Even with the right guidance, the truth is, you will never be able to master the arrangement without dedicated practice. Several hours a day should be set aside for doing exercises with the fingers on the fret. Small portions of the song should be practiced until the entire song is mastered.
To play guitar like Funtwo does, you need an extremely high self-expectation. In an interview with CNN, Lim Jeong said he would rate his guitar playing fifty percent (50%) out of a hundred (or like a “5”). In May 2010, YouTube videos of him playing Jerry C’s Canon Rock on electric guitar drew more than eighty-four million viewers. It’s pretty good for someone who rates their own musical ability at fifty percent of what it could be. I think you understood me. A high level of excellence should be present in your personality at all times while learning the song.
The equipment you use to learn how to play this arrangement will have a direct effect on your motivation to master Jerry C’s Cannon Rock. A beginning guitarist may be discouraged if the instrument they are learning to do not stay tuned or have poor sound quality. If you really want to learn to play electric guitar, invest in a decent amplifier and guitar. The guitar Funtwo used to record the YouTube video was an ESP, Alfee Custon SEC-28OTC with gold detailing.
A good digital recorder is required
It is important to record your guitar playing while you practice. Often times what we hear with our ears is different from what we hear when we play a recording. You want to keep practicing your small sections of the Canon Rock song until they sound perfect. This type of practice requires great patience with yourself. You should never give up no matter what you think it sounds like. Remember that “practice makes perfect”.
I personally think that people who play the guitar in an exceptional way (like Funtwo does) have been given a musical gift. However, not everyone is musically gifted. However, great achievements can be accomplished whether you are musically gifted or not. For some people, the practice required to play Jerry C’s Cannon arrangement will be more extensive than for others. Just keep in mind that “where there is a will, there is a way”. I’ve seen people play guitar with their feet because they don’t have arms. A man named Phil Keggy has reached great heights in the world of Christian music and he only has four fingers on one of his hands. Set yourself an achievable goal to master the song, commit to practicing daily and before you know it you will be able to play Canon on the electric guitar like Funtwo does.