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Thread: circle of fifths

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    circle of fifths

    What exactly is the circle of fifths?

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    C G D A E B F# C# G# D# A# F C


    C G D A E B Gb Db Ab Eb Bb F C

    It's also the circle of fourth backwards.

    C F Bb Eb Ab Db Gb B E A D G

    It takes turns of the cycle to return back to "home."
    Hard luck and trouble...

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    but what are these used for?

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    The circle of fifths is a visual aid that shows you the relationship between keys. If you start at the top with C and go clockwise around the circle the number of sharps increase by one with each letter. For example C has no sharps or flats in that key G has one sharp D has two sharps and so on. If you go counter clockwise you add flats instead of sharps.

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