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NeilES335

The Circle of Fifths

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While Steve K does not address "The Circle of Fifth's" directly in his Learn and Master Guitar course, many of us will have heard of it as a tool to understand Sharps and Flats and their order on the staff. I didnt personally use it, and followed Steve's method which is basically memorization. I did hear about it quite a lot and wondered how it worked. You might too, so I post here a YouTube video with what I think is a very good explaination of "The Circle of Fifths".  Use it if you will... at very least it could help you understand a bit deeper.

 

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Thanks for posting that! A very good and straightforward explanation!

Although I memorized the key signatures when going through the L& M course, I really do find it helpful to look at all different angles of explanations for theory! :)  I think looking at the circle of 5ths really does show the relationships between the keys :) 

 

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Good review!

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@NeilES335 At what lesson would the Circle of Fifths apply to?

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@josev ; The short answer is; "All of them!"  Steve K begins to introduce many of these very important concepts in more detail starting in Session 7 with Major Scales, then Keys and Key Signatures in Session 8, Intervals in Session 9/10, Pentatonic Scales and Triads in Session 11, and so on.

I'm not sure where you are in the program, but please take my advice (and that of many others...) Don't skim over the "Therory " parts of these lessons! It's true that this is more "book work" and maybe not as much fun as learning a new chord or tune.  But what  you learn here will make your progress so much easier, and fundimental to you becoming not just some person who can strum a few simple 3 chord songs,  but a real guitarist and musician. 

Study hard and play well!

N

ps; Steve has said many times that there's no harm in lookings at whatever "resources" you need to help you progress. I did find though that it's best to largely stick to the program, and not be too distracted. And don't get sucked into the YouTube "You Can Master Guitar in 7 Days" stuff. It takes Patience, Practice and Persistance!

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@NeilES335 Thank you for the info.  I started off playing guitar using Rocksmith (original version (2012) and updated to use the 2014 version.  I also have Bandfuse as well.  Bandfuse helped with learning to sight read tab to a degree.  Some Chord tabs are hard to read depending on the speed of the song.  So, I've been playing guitar albeit choppy for a little while now.

I'm going through the L&M guitar course primarily to help better learn fundamentals and reading of sheet music.  I just finished Session 2 today and am going to start on session 3.  I have a Google Calendar setup for myself to help me keep track of my progress. 

I'm a little familiar with the Circle of Fifths already, since I've designed a CMS for my Church that allows transposing of Chords and song signature Keys.  The Circle of Fifths came in handy when we had to transpose songs down for the singers.  I just have some holes in areas, so I'm looking for the L&M course to help fill some of those holes.  Then once I'm done with the course maybe dive deeper into a music theory course.

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Neil,

Great video.  I teach this in my private lessons but I never real did it in the course.  Maybe we should have a class on this for the summer conference or maybe a whole live lesson!

I'll try to plan that in.

Learn all you can!

- Steve

 

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Probably would be a great topic for a Live Lesson, Steve.

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