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Chord Families and the Circle of Fifths
on: October 21, 2020, 23:01:08
« Last Edit: October 21, 2020, 23:04:09 by MrBouzouki »
I'm doing an online music theory course at present and this tip about the Circle of Fifths jumped out at me.

Basically you can see the diatonic chord family for say C Major highlighted in Red.

So say you have a typical chord progression like this :-  C   G   Am  F  -   C  G   F   C    ( I  V  vi  IV     I  V  IV  I )

But  you need to transpose into  E Major instead 

Well the Circle of Fifths comes to your rescue as you can see from the highlighted Blue circle.

You now have 

E   B   C#m  A  -   E   B   A   E    ( I  V  vi  IV     I  V  IV  I )

So in songwriting if you want the family of diatonic chords that play well together then  it's a good start .

A simple little tip but I never knew about it until now.
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Re: Chord Families and the Circle of Fifths
Reply #1 on: November 16, 2020, 10:50:32
I'm doing an online music theory course at present and this tip about the Circle of Fifths jumped out at me.

Basically you can see the diatonic chord family for say C Major highlighted in Red.

So say you have a typical chord progression like this :-  C   G   Am  F  -   C  G   F   C    ( I  V  vi  IV     I  V  IV  I )

But  you need to transpose into  E Major instead 

Well the Circle of Fifths comes to your rescue as you can see from the highlighted Blue circle.

You now have 

E   B   C#m  A  -   E   B   A   E    ( I  V  vi  IV     I  V  IV  I )

So in songwriting if you want the family of diatonic chords that play well together then  it's a good start .

A simple little tip but I never knew about it until now.

There is a way to remember the circle of 5th and 4ths.

Carolyn Gets Drunk And Eats Bees  Circle of fifths.

Carolyn  Fondles B E A D
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What you pointed out really helps when finding the chord you need.  Try this in the key of C. C major - Dm - Em - F major G major -  Bdim  Check out how the B dim resolves back into the C major.   

You can use any chords as long as they have the notes that are in the scale. You can use F major 7 as well as G7. Am7 ,  F9 , G9, Am9  etc...  Play around with different progressions using these chords. It will give you options when search of the "Mystery Chord"
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