The Circle of Fifths
The Circle of Fifths is the roadmap for music theory – the way to remember half the wheel is Fat Charlie Goes Down And Eats Breakfast. The wheel, which is much like a clock in its 12 different positions, basically consists of one pattern of the mnemonic Fun Charlie Goes Down And Eats Breakfast, then one pattern all sharped: F# C# G# D# A# D# E# B# – so basically #Fun #Charlie #Goes #Down #And #Eats #Breakfast, which makes you look like a Twitterati fiend for hashtags. Yes, all of these are enharmonic (have two names). When you get to B#, you are actually back on C again. Remember that between E and F and between B and C, there is only one half step (aka a semitone, aka one fret).
C is generally the starting point for musical theory, as the key has no sharps or flats and a brilliant mastermind thinker positioned it at the top of the Circle. If you go clockwise around the circle, it is the Circle of Fifths. If you go counter-clockwise around the circle, it is the Circle of Fourths. If you don’t know what an interval is, well, that’s another blogpost, but basically you should give yourself a lesson in a brief intervallic study.
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