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Last reply by: Professor Ryan
Thu Jun 6, 2013 10:45 AM

Post by Susan Schmitz on January 24, 2013

Why are you playing the C an octave below middle C? When you go down 2 keys we can't see what you are playing.

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Last reply by: Professor Ryan
Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:10 AM

Post by tim Simpson on September 10, 2012

What's C sharp Major's relative minor?

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Post by tim Simpson on September 10, 2012

B has g sharp minor but whats the minor c sharp minor?

Circle of Fifths

  • The Circle of Fifths takes you through all major and minor key signatures.
  • The fifth note of each major scale is the name of the next key, thus the name 'Circle of Fifths'.

Circle of Fifths

Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.

  1. Intro
    • Lesson Objectives
      • C
      • C, G
      • C, G, D
      • C, G, D, A
      • C, G, D, A, E
      • C, G, D, A, E, B/C Flat
      • C, G, D, A, E, B/C Flat, F#/G Flat
      • C, G, D, A, E, B/C Flat, F#/G Flat, D Flat/C#
      • C, G, D, A, E, B/C Flat, F#/G Flat, D Flat/C#, A Flat
      • C, G, D, A, E, B/C Flat, F#/G Flat, D Flat/C#, A Flat, E Flat
      • C, G, D, A, E, B/C Flat, F#/G Flat, D Flat/C#, A Flat, E Flat, B Flat
      • C, G, D, A, E, B/C Flat, F#/G Flat, D Flat/C#, A Flat, E Flat, B Flat, F
      • Example 1: Play Circle of Fifths
      • Intro 0:00
      • Lesson Objectives 0:06
      • C 0:21
        • Circle of Fifths
        • Relative Minor Keys
        • Relative Minor Key to C is A Minor
        • Listening to the C Scale
        • To Find the Relative Minor, Go Down 4 Half Steps
        • The Relative Minor Shares the Key Signature of the Major Scale
      • C, G 1:58
        • Relative Minor to G Major is E Minor
        • Always Use the Natural Minor for Relative Minors
        • Why It's Called the Circle of Fifths
      • C, G, D 3:35
        • Finding the Relative Minor of D Major
      • C, G, D, A 4:42
        • Finding the Relative Minor of A Major
        • Relative Minor of A Major is F# Minor
      • C, G, D, A, E 5:50
        • Relative Minor of E Major is C# Minor
      • C, G, D, A, E, B/C Flat 7:19
        • Relative Minor of B Major / C Flat Major is G# Minor
        • Listening to B Major and G# Minor
      • C, G, D, A, E, B/C Flat, F#/G Flat 9:14
        • The Relative Minor of F# Major / G Flat Major is D# Minor
        • F# Major / G Flat Major and D# Minor Have Six Sharps / Six Flats
      • C, G, D, A, E, B/C Flat, F#/G Flat, D Flat/C# 11:55
        • The Relative Minor of D Flat Major / C # Major is B Flat Minor
        • Listening to D Flat/C# Major and B Flat Minor
      • C, G, D, A, E, B/C Flat, F#/G Flat, D Flat/C#, A Flat 14:06
        • Listening to A Flat Major and F Minor
      • C, G, D, A, E, B/C Flat, F#/G Flat, D Flat/C#, A Flat, E Flat 15:19
        • E Flat Major Has Three Flats, And Its Relative Minor is C Minor
        • Listening to E Flat Major and C Minor
      • C, G, D, A, E, B/C Flat, F#/G Flat, D Flat/C#, A Flat, E Flat, B Flat 16:23
        • B Flat Major Has Two Flats, And Its Relative Minor is G Minor
        • Listening to B Flat Major and G Minor
      • C, G, D, A, E, B/C Flat, F#/G Flat, D Flat/C#, A Flat, E Flat, B Flat, F 17:25
        • F Major Has One Flat, And Its Relative Minor is D Minor
      • Example 1: Play Circle of Fifths 18:31
        • Writing the Major Keys of the Circle of Fifths
        • Writing the Relative Minor Keys of the Circle of Fifths
        • Listening to the Circle of Fifths