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    Application In Another Popular Song

  • 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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Regarding jazz standards, the Gershwin tune "I Got Rhythm" has the quintessential bridge section that uses part of the circle of fifths. A chord progression that explicitly uses the circle of fifths is frequently called cycle five motion, especially in jazz.

In fact this is so typical of jazz tunes and this tune in particular it has it's own term, "Rhythm Changes" (as in the chord "changes" in "I Got Rhythm"). If you are familiar with the tune, start singing at the bridge.

"Old man trouble" D7 (V7 of vi)
"I don't mind him" G7 (V7 of ii)
"You won't find him" C7 (V7 of V)
"'Round my door" F7 (V7)

Which brings the tune back to the home key of B-flat! "I Got Rhythm ..." This is a perfect slice of the circle of fifths:

D7 --> G7 --> C7 --> F7 --> B-flat

In the video example I put th...

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