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Circle Of Fifths: An Introduction

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In my experience the single biggest reason guitarists have a hard time with the circle of 5ths is because it is hard to visualize on their instrument. Literally, it is hard to SEE.

As we move clockwise around the circle, we are moving a fifth each time & as a consequence adding a sharp to each key signature in turn.

C major (A minor) zero accidentals (sharps or flats)
G major (E minor) 1 sharp - F#
D major (B minor) 2 sharps - F#, C#
A major (F# minor) 3 sharps - F#, C#, G#
E major (C# minor) 4 sharps - F#, C#, G#, D#
B major (G# minor) 5 sharps - F#, C#, G#, D#, A#
F# major (D# minor) 6 sharps - F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#

Notice also that the sharps are added in fifths as well!

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