Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Circle Of Fifths

Anybody with exposure to music-theory education has seen a circle of fifths similar to the one at the end of this post. A handy diagram showing the twelve key signatures neatly sorted by number of accidentals, sharps to the right, … Continue reading

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Mastering the Twelve Keys: Dominant

This is the third and last post of a three-part series about playing the major scale and its modes in all twelve keys. The first part of the series covered the idea of using four-note groups (Tetrachords) to visualize and … Continue reading

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Mastering the Twelve Keys: Major

This is the second post of a three-part series about playing the major scale and its modes in all twelve keys. In the first part of the series I covered the basic idea of using four-note groups or Tetrachords to … Continue reading

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Mastering the Twelve Keys: Minor

Any good book on playing Jazz mentions the importance of playing in all twelve keys. In my experience, mastering a scale for use in improvisations requires: Switching from one key to an other instantaneously. Overcoming root-focus, i.e. being able to … Continue reading

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