Have you heard of the Circle Of Fifths? If you’re like most musicians you have heard of it, you’ve probably read about it, you maybe understand it, you haven’t yet memorised it and you only know one thing it’s useful for. The result: you’re not actually using it anywhere in your musical life.

The Circle Of Fifths is simply the 12 notes of Western music arranged in a certain order around a circle: C G D, A E B, F♯ C♯ G♯, D♯ A♯ and F – and of course those sharps can be named with flats too.

Write those notes in that order around a circle in 12 positions like a clock – and you have the circle. Simple as that.

So why all the fuss?

In this episode Christopher, Andrew, and Anastasia from the MU team get together for an informal and unscripted chat about why most musicians have been missing out on the full power, beauty and potential of the circle in their musical lives – and what you can do about it.

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The MU team discusses why most musicians are missing out on the full power of the Circle of Fifths in their musical lives - and what you can do about it.