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Circle of Fifths

  • Reviewing the Circle of Fifths
  • Exploration of the Relationship Between Major and Minor

Circle of Fifths

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Objectives 0:06
  • C/a: Key of C in A Minor 0:14
    • No Sharps or Flats
    • Circle of Fifths
    • Key of C in A Minor
  • G/e: Key of G in an E Minor 1:05
    • 1 Sharp in G
    • Little Letters
  • D/b: Key of D in B Minor 1:23
    • 2 Sharps in D
    • Order of Sharps
    • Relative Minor is B
  • A/f#: Key of A in F# Minor 2:01
    • 3 Sharps in A
    • Relative Minor is F#
  • E/c# Key of E in C# Minor 2:12
    • Relative Minor is C#
    • 4 Sharps in E
  • B/g#: Key of B in G# Minor 2:23
    • Relative Minor is G#
    • 5 Sharps in B
  • F#/d#: Key of F# in D# Minor 2:37
    • Relative Minor is D#
    • 6 Sharps in F#
  • Db/Bb: Key of Db in Bb Minor 3:02
    • Circle of Fifths Approaching Flats
    • C# is the Same as Db
    • Relative Minor is Bb
    • 5 flats in Db
  • Ab/f: Key of Ab in F Minor 3:27
    • 4 flats in Ab
    • Relative Minor is F
  • Eb/c: Key of Eb in C Minor 3:43
    • 3 flats in Eb
    • Relative Minor is C
  • Bb/G: Key of Bb in G Minor 4:03
    • Relative Minor is G
    • 2 flats in Bb
  • F/d: Key of F in D Minor 4:19
    • 1 flat in F
    • Relative Minor is D
    • Pattern of Fifths
    • End Harmonic Notes
  • Example I: Write and Play C/a Arpeggio 6:15
  • Example II: Write and Play G/e Arpeggio 7:44
  • Example III: Write and Play D/b Arpeggio 8:51
  • Example IV: Write and Play A/f# Arpeggio 10:13
  • Example V: Write and Play E/c# Arpeggio 11:15
  • Example VI: Write and Play B/g# Arpeggio 12:16
  • Example VII: Write and Play F#/d# Arpeggio 13:49
  • Example VIII: Write and Play Db/Bb Arpeggio 15:31
  • Example IX: Write and Play Ab/f Arpeggio 16:47
  • Example X: Write and Play Eb/c Arpeggio 17:57
  • Example XI: Write and Play Bb/g Arpeggio 18:45
  • Example XII: Write and Play F/d Arpeggio 19:23