When you see this you will think it looks horrendous. It does. But you already know every single item. And you have a far better alternative interpretation.
So let’s bite the bullet.
Every sheet of music that you encounter will begin, in the top left corner, with a “Key Signature”. This is a pattern of sharps or flats, in a set sequence. The key of “C” will have zero sharps and zero flats. All other keys will have either sharps or flats (never a mix of both), up to 7 of them. Here are the 14 major signatures.
Compare this with your Circle Of Fifths, and you’ll immediately see that the circle gives you this table in the blink of an eye. Let’s say you pick up a sheet of music and it has the signature for Db. You won’t even begin to try working out what it means. You will see 5 flats. You will think “Circle; C at the top; flats go anti-clockwise; 5 positions is Db“. You will place your thumb on Db and you will play [2, 2, 1], 2, [2, 2, 1]. In doing this you will automatically play the key sequence Db Eb F Gb Ab Bb C Db. Thus you automatically play the 5 flats (Bb Eb Ab Db Gb), which are the flats marked on the key signature.
That’s how simple this is, when you use the right tools. Don’t even spend another second on this page. Don’t try to remember it. Don’t print it. Just delete it from your head.
The Circle gives you it all.
Well, that’s the end of the “freeby” stuff. What are your thoughts?
Is it a whole bucket load easier than you expected? Is it massively more “sensible” and “straightforward”? Would you like to see more? Do you have suggestions on how it could be improved?
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