So I need to learn the circle of fifths, but I can't work out why (clockwise from top) it reads C-G-D-A..... Surely a fifth up from a C is F (C#-D-D#-E-F) Why is it G?

Any help much appreciated

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count the starting note when counting intervals .
a fifth from C is G. count C when you're counting. C D E F G
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So I need to learn the circle of fifths, but I can't work out why (clockwise from top) it reads C-G-D-A..... Surely a fifth up from a C is F (C#-D-D#-E-F) Why is it G?

Any help much appreciated

If this is in the wrong place, move please

x

You're counting 5 semitones... but that's not a fifth. A perfect fifth consists of 7 semitones! So, a fifth up from C is G:
C - C# - D - D# - E - F - F# - G

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Thanks all!
A fifth is not five semitones, a fifth is the fifth degree of the major scale from the root. All scales are based on the major scale, as are intervals in many cases. So the C major scale is C(root) D(second) E(third) F(fourth) G(fifth) A(sixth) B(seventh) and C(octave).

Edit: I know this is a very simplistic way to think about it, but it is also the easiest for a beginner, please don't attack me
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theory states 1+1=2 sometimes in music 1+1=3.
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