Jazz Piano Tutorial – Circle of Fifths & Circle Progression

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This Jazz Piano Tutorial is about the Circle of Fifths (AKA The Cycle of Fifths, AKA The Circle of Fourths, AKA The Cycle of Fourths). I explain what it is, why it’s called ‘the Circle of Fifths’ and how to use it. It is is especially useful for key two reasons:

1. It allows you to work out key signatures and see what keys are more closely related.
2. It is a VERY commonly used chord progression

Essentially, the cycle of fifths denotes the following points:
– moving to the right, each key signature adds a sharp: C, G, D, A, E, B, F#
– moving to the left, each key signature adds a flat: C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb
– all twelve intervals are outlined and the closer two notes are, the more similar sounding the key will be.

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