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  • Lesson Title:

    Counter-Clockwise Adds Flats

  • Guitar Instructor: Christopher Schlegel
  • Lesson Added: October 2nd, 2009
  • Lesson Files: Guitar Tab, Notation
  • Lesson Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Lesson Focus: Theory
  • Lesson Style: All Styles
  • Lesson Keywords: circle of fifths, what is the circle of fifths, using the circle of fifths
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The same thing happens with our circle of fifths if we move counter-clockwise, to the left, from C as a starting point.

We start at the key of C major (or A minor, which is C major's relative minor). The C major scale, and therefore the key of C major, has all natural notes (c, d, e, f, g, a, b) and therefore zero sharps or flats.

If we move down a fifth from C we arrive at the note F. F is down a fifth from C.

Applying the major scale formula starting at the note F results in the notes of the F major scale, and therefore the key of F major (f, g, a, b-flat, c, d, e) and therefore it has one flat.

We move down again a fifth and arrive at the note B-flat. B-flat is down a fifth from F. Applying the major scale formula starting at the note B-flat results in the notes of the B-flat major scale, and therefore the...

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