Overview of the Circle of 5ths – Lesson 37

About Overview of the Circle of 5ths – Lesson 37

Level: Intermediate

Overview of the Circle of 5ths – Lesson 37

In this lesson we introduce you to the “Circle of Fifths” and explain its functions and importance.

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This is a lot to take in I know, but absorb as much of it as you can now. This overview will make a lot more sense when we explore what key pieces of music are in or what we call “Key Signatures”.

There is much more that we will get into later but for now, try and memorize this as much as you can to give you a solid learning foundation.

Do any of you have any tips or tricks for beginners to better understand the circle of fifths and fourths? If so, we’d love to check em out, just upload videos of yourselves showing us what ya got in the "Lesson Comments" section below!

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Aaron Mccammon
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Aaron Mccammon WOW! I have literally been a member for approx. 30 minutes and I have just learned more in that short time than I did with all the hours of private lessons. You have a way of making a theory easy to understand. I was familiar with this to a point but never completely "got it" comprehensively. Before your video lesson was even finished it all made sense suddenly and I get it. To think of all the migraine I suffered trying to figure out what my instructor was trying to teach me. Lessons were so confusing and made me feel completely unintelligent but you sir have just made me realize I just needed someone to start at the beginning and work each step of the lesson for it to make sense. I haven't played much the last 5 years as I felt stuck but you have me excited to play again. Thank you for giving your time to teach us lost souls you rock!
Mike Smith
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Mike Smith Great lesson! Always wanted to learn but never put time into it. Thanks!!
Triston Taylor
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Triston Taylor i played for a couple years without knowing any guitar theory. im getting to a point where theory is critical to get any better. i feel like a noob all over again
Myles Mahajan
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Myles Mahajan cycled through many lessons trying to understand this. this was the first video ive seen that actually broke it down. even paid lessons/berklee alumni dont explain it well. they explained it from a "oh yea youll eventually get it just copy me" mentality rather than a "im not sure you have music theory so lets just take it from the ground up" approach.
João Jófili
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João Jófili Hey Guys! I need help! What do I use to know what note is sharp on the progression? I'm lost
João Jófili
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João Jófili On the Flats, we follow the wheel counter clockwise, and it reads B-E-A-D-G-C-F. On the wheel, however, there's a point where we find the Db major together with the C# major, and the F# major with the Gb major. On the sequence of flats, on this part we use D for the first, G on the second, but there's the C and the F. What determines that we use the G first, instead of the F? That is my question. The ones above this were pretty vague. Sorry!
João Jófili
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João Jófili I Know the wheel, but I figured on the scales alone there is some sharps and flats.. Can't really explain
Jonatas Palma
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Jonatas Palma Please, Add Subtitles to other languages! 🙂 Brazillian here
John Tierney
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John Tierney I have a question. When I was working through this, when I got to the key of Gb/F#, I know there's supposed to be 6 sharps or 6 flats. I tried both ways to try and get the notes in the right order, but on the sharp route I got an E# as my major seventh (I think I used that term right, (7th note in the order)). And for the flat route I was getting a Cb as my fourth. There's no such notes but when I looked online it said that was right. But for the sharps I put D as my seventh and the flat route I put B as my fourth so now it reads as..... F#, G#, A#, B, C#, D#, D, and back to F# Gb, Ab, Bb, B, Db, Eb, F and back to Gb Is this correct, I'm sure this signature is hardly used but I'm curious
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Technically it's: G♭, A♭, B♭, C♭, D♭, E♭, and F and F♯, G♯, A♯, B, C♯, D♯, and E♯.
Jake Clynes
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Jake Clynes Do you always start with C major first or could you use another letter. E.g D which would then be A witha G#
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. You can start anywhere. The C is at the top simply because it contains no sharps or flats.
Josh Willis
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Josh Willis I learned and finally grasped more of this after your 10 minute video than I did in my entire AP Music Theory class
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Wow! Thank you, Josh! That means the world to me!!!
Brandon Cleary
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Brandon Cleary I already had a basic understanding of this, but once you laid it out on the fretboard with the power chords, my mind was blown...
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Sweet!
Andrei Moraru
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Andrei Moraru Studied piano for like 10 years and during the musical theory lessons the teacher taught us all about the order of sharps and flats and told us to memorize it. We were also taught how to recognize the scale of a song based on the key signature. If it contained sharps, we simply had to look at the last sharp of the key signature, raise that note (e.g. F#, C# etc.) by a half step and that would give us the root note of the major scale which had that key signature. For flats, we had to look at the penultimate flat note in the key signature and that would give us the root note of major scale (the F scale is a bit tricky in this regard since you have to kinda look in the opposite direction a bit). I've heard about the circle of fifths, never knew I already fiddled around with it until now. This way of learning it is a tad more easy to understand, I have to say.
Bradley Bertola
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Bradley Bertola Finally! I don't need to teach myself music theory!
Derek Ray
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Derek Ray I'd like to take a short minute just to thank Syn and Papa Gates. I've loved Avenged Sevenfold since i was 8 years old. Synyster Gates, you are my biggest inspiration. And i'm glad to have you and Papa Gates as teachers. I've always wanted to play as good as you Syn, and now i can... and hopefully one day i will be able to play better than you. Thank you Syn, and Papa Gates. Thank you so much.
Sean Cowan
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Sean Cowan Great lesson! I'm setting my phone wallpaper to the circle of fifth diagram to help memorize it! Also, the power chord example is helpful for me in finding the relative minor and for remembering the notes on the A string. Thanks!
JOHN WOMACK
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JOHN WOMACK Great site, I really appreciate the lessons. It's a great idea..thanks to both you guy's..
Julian Barton
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Julian Barton Every time I watch this I feel like I get it then get horribly lost. lmfao I am just bad with this stuff but I will learn it.
Aneek Biswas
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Aneek Biswas This just cleared all my concepts about Circle of Fifths! I had learnt this last year and yet had no idea how to apply it. Thank you so much Papa Gates!
Dimokritos Kolitsos
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Dimokritos Kolitsos Very helpful and detailed lesson thanks Papa Gates!!
Mark Watt
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Mark Watt I still don't fully understand yet, but this makes a lot more sense compared to when I was taught it in High School Music.
Jhilou Kiera Madayag
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Jhilou Kiera Madayag Being a 14 years old guitarist help me this so much, I think it is very easy to memorize and this lesson is very understandable! Thank you so much! *hugs and lots of love* -Jhi
Gino Obbish
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Gino Obbish helped a lot thank you had no idea I was already playing around with this concept and kinda understood it but you cleared it up for me
Joshua Tyler
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Joshua Tyler I guess to Rock & "Roll", you need the "Circle".
Hailey Romero
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Hailey Romero I am so excited to get started with this!! You guys did so good on this school and I am about in between beginner and intermediate. My dad plays too and when I visit him he helps me but when I am not I teach myself with YouTube but this is much better! Thank you so much for doing this you guys!
Derek Unterberger
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Derek Unterberger First circle of 5th's video that I actually understood! These tutorials are incredible!
Austin McHale
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Austin McHale In band class, my teacher always talked about this but I was never able to understand, THANKS PAPA G
Harry Newberry
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Harry Newberry Awesome, very helpful papa G!
Erin Zibtseva
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Erin Zibtseva Need some time to fully figure this out. But it's more easy to understand this thing now, than when I was trying to learn it in music school. Thanks a looot!
Kevin Welton
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Kevin Welton Monumentous "aha" moment, thanks Papa G!
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Awesome, Kevin! That makes my day! Keep working!!!
Krisztián Hauser
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Krisztián Hauser oooh ...missed pun opportunity :/ something like..."What is the relative major of Am, go back three...you can C it's that easy"
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Hahaha! Very good.
Arda Aykut
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Arda Aykut I literally had a mind fuck halp
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Hahaha! Yeah. That happens. Take another look at it and apply it to your guitar. It starts to make more sense.
Syn Gates
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Syn Gates Any questions about this?
Jessi Baet
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Jessi Baet Can i skip this one or its compulsory for a guitar player ? Math sucks, so does this!
Joshua Tyler
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Joshua Tyler Just how much do we owe our musical understanding to Pyhtagoreas to?
Matt Wildman
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Matt Wildman Crystal clear
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Nope. I'm good.
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