Saturday, July 30, 2005

Circle of keys - minor

Circle of keys - minor: "
Issue No. 21 �
'Secrets of Exciting Chords & Chord Progressions!'

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' Secrets of Exciting Piano Chords & Piano Chord Progressions!'

- Week 21 -

Chord Progressions Part Two:
The Circle of Minor Keys

Last week we looked at the 'circle of 4ths' or the 'circle of 5ths', they are the same thing as the 'circle of keys'. It just depends on whether you're moving clockwise or counter-clockwise around the circle. All the major keys that you can play in -- 12 of 'em -- are listed in this circle:

Major Keys: C F Bb Eb Ab Db Gb B E A D G

But there are also 12 minor keys in which songs can be written, so there must also be a circle of minor keys. It's not as well known as the circle of major keys, but it works the same way. Here it is:

It works the same way as the major circle of keys, with one exception:
When figuring the 3 most likely chords in any key, you still look left and look right, but because of the fact that most songs written in the western hemisphere use the harmonic minor scale instead of the natural minor scale (which is much too involved to get into here -- if you want to know about that in det"
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