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    I dont understand the Circle of Fifths. I looked at this website, http://www.folkblues.com/theory/circle_5ths_text.htm, but I cant gather the point of it. Is the point that you can find any notes in a key?

    For instance using the circle of fifths.. the Key of G would be G,A,B,C,D,E,F# ?

    Sorry, I dont know music theory.. only scales

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    memorize the order of sharps and flats appear in key signatures.

    #'s always follow this order - F C G D A E B
    b's always follow the reverse - B E A D G C F

    then remember - if a key has two sharps, it's always F & C...if three, it's always F C G...etc
    same with flats.

    think about that awhile and then look at the circle again. you'll see the pattern. that said, i never really use the circle idea. i just use and teach a formula based on what i've already said.

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    Yeah thanks, it comes in handy..

    also the website musictheory.com helped explain what you just said about sharps and flats aswell.

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    good luck !!

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    Quick question.. If I song has no sharps or flats then is the key signature C Major or A Minor? Or Both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by david johnson View Post
    #'s always follow this order - F C G D A E B
    b's always follow the reverse - B E A D G C F

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    Key has a lot more to do with chords and harmonies used than with key signatures. EXTREMELY simplified rule: If the first and last chords are C Major, it's in C Major. If the first and last chords are a minor, it's in a minor. If the first and last chords are different, generally look at the last chord to determine the key of the whole piece. Of course, some pieces are intentionally ambiguous, and some change key as they go, but that's all much more complicated.

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    sure. which it is depends on the 'sound'...it depends if the tonal center seems to be 'C' or 'a'.

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    ahh, the circle of fifths is much more my friends, it is purity in music, an amazing tool that can be used to shake the foundations of human emotion.

    It is also a brilliant tool in modulating and alsorts of other things
    Mozart is sweet sunshine - Dvorak

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    I love the circle of fifths! We studied it in my Music Theory I class when I was a freshman. Now I'm a junior. Man, time flies.

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