Circle of Fifth's
The circle of fifth's is an important tool in the understanding of the fundamentals of music.
With this you can Transpose keys, establish chord progressions, and much more.
These chord progressions were derived from the Circle of Fifths. See that no matter what
interval your are at, the Circle remains true. You can use the vi chord in place of the root
or I chord to change the feel. You can also do the same with the IV & V chords and their
relative minor chords.
To transpose seamlessly to a different key you can do the following:
For piano/keyboard play the IV chord with the Vth as the bass note of the key that you want
to go to.
Ex: Your in the Key of F and want to go to the Key of G. From
the F chord play an F with a G in the Bass F/G this resolves to C.
The transition is F/G - G C or F/G C
You can also use this as a turn around for the same key to go from the end of the chorus back to the verse.
In the Key of F:
Bb/C - C F or Gm7/C - C F
This is called a 5/11 chord. Then play the V chord before going (or
the root or I chord.
For guitar play the IV chord and then the V before going to the root or I Chord.
Bass guitars can stay on the root or just the chords and not the added bass notes.
This makes for a great segue.
Another transition is repeating the half chorus or last line by
using the relative minor instead of the root
to pull you back to the chord to repeat the line, then when ending use the root or tonic chord to end on.
Other things you can do to change the mundane feel of a I IV V chord progression are:
When playing the Tonic chord play it as a 2nd by dropping the third a whole step.
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