Music Theory: The Circle of Fifths

The Circle of Fifths has many different applications for the study of keys and key signatures. These "musical" directions can be applied to the practice of: chords, arpeggios, and even guitar licks & riffs.

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In short, the Circle of Fifths is a very important concept. It is also one that can have many great practice spin-offs. We can use the circle of fifths for learning better technique with chords, guitar licks, even for our knowledge of the guitar neck. Not to mention, for understanding the keys and key signature movements. All of the sharps and flats as they appear in the key signatures move in an aligned manner key to key. The circle of fifths can help students both understand, and eventually memorize all of their keys. In the video, I begin with a run down of the music theory as associated to the Circle of 5ths. Then, we'll head over to the guitar neck and have a go at how the circle of 5ths idea can be used to practice; technique, chord knowledge and even scales & arpeggios! Watch the video lesson below:
Head over to My Website and download the free PDF handout with all of the examples in TAB, as well as, a free MP3 Jam-Track for this guitar lesson.

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    The circle of fifths and interval explanations were useful but the examples demonstrated on guitar are completely unintelligible and therefore useless.
    Thanks for the great lesson, Andrew, this is the best explanation, on the guitar, that I have seen! Music theory isn't "baby stuff", after all!
    You must love to hear yourself talk. The video was way too long and could've been much shorter if you just gave the explanations and moved on. Most people lose interest after certain amounts of time and 27 minutes is much too long. Although, even on youtube, most diy videos and how to videos have someone explaining a topic and doing the same thing. Like I said, everyone must love to hear themselves talk.