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Circle Of Fifths: An Introduction

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In this lesson we'll look an application of the circle of fifths to a rock style song. This is something that some rock players do to give their music a Classical or Baroque sound or style influence. This will also give us the opportunity to see that the concept also applies to minor keys.

I use a big winding chord progression in A minor and think of a melodic phrase to play over each chord that leads into the next chord.

Am (i) / Dm (iv) / G (VII) / C (III) / F (VI) / B half-dim (ii) / E (V)

Essentially this entire progression can be viewed as being in one key, or you can think of it as moving around the circle of fifths.

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