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Dave's Tex - Mex, Tejano, Conjunto Site for the Diatonic Button Accordion - Ahora Bilingüe

Intro en Español
**Mission Statement**
**The Tex Mex Accordion**
**The Basics**
**GFC Accordion**
**Señor Maestro Program**
**Major Scales**
**Chromatic Scale**
Right hand position
**Preparation for 3rds**
**Music Theory**
**Music Theory 2**
Music Theory 3
**Circle of Fifths**
**Arpeggios for the GFC Box**
Practicing with a metronome
Trinos and Apoyaturas
Thirds and Sixes
**Ear Training**
Music Theory Quiz
Music Theory Quiz 2
Music Theory Quiz 3
Finding the Song Key
Remates and improvisations
Bellows Technique
The Basses
Guest Book
Contact Us
About Me

Circle of Fifths

Circle of Fifths diagram

The circle of fifths is a musical tool showing how the keys are related. It is based on a simple principle: in the clockwise direction, each new key is the dominant (V) of the previous key. Therefore, in the counterclockwise direction, each key is the fourth (IV) of the previous key. The keys on each side of a given key are closely related keys. For example, if you play in the key of G, the keys on each side of G (C and D) are closely related to G. Closely related keys are easy to change to, using only a few simple chords, or often only one.
In this diagram, the outside letters refer to the keys. Inside the circle, the number of sharps or flats appears for each key. When there are two keys which are equivalents, such as C# and Db, both keys and the sharps or flats in each are listed.
Aside from understanding the keys, sharp and flats, the circle of fifths help the musician to understand the basis for typical chord progressions and therefore helps in the creation of melodies.

You should be able to use the Circle of fifths to work out the sharps and flats as shown in the following table, for any key.