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August 6, 2011 - 11:24 am
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The Simple Dorian Patterns thru Circle of 5ths * encourages "swinging" eight notes and/or other jazzy tricks but how would that be worked into some "real" music.

I would like to hear the pattern(s) in a simple chord sequence such as bars of maybe  C  C  D  D  G7 C  (i.e. 6 bars, common time, key of C ).  Anybody?

What is significant about "circle of 5ths"?  I know what 5ths are but why feature them in the different key signature examples?


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August 6, 2011 - 1:08 pm
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Good questions Oliver. The circle of fifths = Every time you go down a fifth you add a flat or remove a sharp depending on what you have to begin with. Everytime you go up a fifth you add a sharp or remove a flat. It all makes sense but you don't need to think about this at all.

Example. Start with C and go up a fifth to G. The key of C has no sharps or flats and the key of G has one sharp (F#) 
Go up a fifth from G and you have D. The key of D has 2 sharps (F# and C#)

It's called the circle of fifths because it comes back to the original key in a circle. Fifths are the most closely related non octave pitches because of their close key signatures and therefor match up very well.

I will find the time to do more improvisation videos and explain swinging and modulating keys as well.

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August 7, 2011 - 11:36 am
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This is so cool!


I only knew about when you look at key signatures, if they are sharps, take the last note of the sharps and go up one then that's the name of that major, e.g., Dmajor has F# and C#, take C go up one note so it is D major. If they are all flats, then go up four notes, e.g., Eflat major has B E & A flats, take A and goes up four notes then it is Eflat major. However, i believe it only works for majors.

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