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Why learn Music Theory?

Music Theory is a common language used by musicians to communicate ideas.

As with all languages, you can learn progressively and you don't have to know everything.

Focus on what you find helpful to formulate your musical thoughts and communicate to fellow musicians.

Clockwise - each key is a 5th above the last (Circle of 5ths)

Counter clockwise - each key is a 4th above the last

Uppercase letters - Major keys

Lowercase letters - relative minor keys

Middle ring - Key signatures (number of sharps or flats)

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  • C
    A
    0
  • G
    E
    1
  • D
    B
    2
  • A
    F♯
    3
  • E
    C♯
    4
  • B
    G♯
    5
  • F♯
    E♭
    6
  • D♭
    B♭
    5
  • A♭
    F
    4
  • E♭
    C
    3
  • B♭
    G
    2
  • F
    D
    1