Circle of Fifths Vintage Unisex T-shirt
Regular price $30.00
Inspired by the classic t-shirts of the 1990s...and of course, the best piece of music theory you'll ever learn...the Circle of Fifths - it's the circle that resolves most of our worldly first-world problems.
This is the perfect gift for your nerdy musician friend who has everything or even your cool musician friend that can't pay their rent...or even your non-musician friend who wears a Ramones t-shirt but has no opinion about being buried in a pet cemetery.
Features: Unisex. Sideseamed. Regular fit. Shoulder taping. Preshrunk fabric.
|B) Half Chest (cm)||45.72||50.80||55.88||60.96||66.04||71.12|
|B) Half Chest (inches)||18.11||20.00||22.00||24.00||26.00||28.00|
|Wash||Machine, warm, inside out, like colors|
|Dry Clean||Do not dry clean|
|Iron||Do not iron|
The Circle of Fifths Explained!
Using the Circles of Fifths one can determine what key signatures sound similar, in that, keys located next to or close to each other on the Circle sound similar because they share almost the exact same notes.
As we move clockwise from C around the Circle of Fifths we add sharps. C has zero sharps (or flats), G has 1 sharp, D has 2 sharps, A has 3 sharps, and so on around the Circle. Also, it's handy to note that the sharps accumulate as you move around the Circle - once you've added F# you always have F# as the first sharp in any key signature - when you get the key of D major (i.e two sharps) we start with F# and then we just move around the Circle clockwise from F (i.e to C) and thus the Key of D has an F# and a C# and so on around the circle. You see it's all about the circle.
The Circle of Fifths also shows us the relative minor key to any given major key. For example, the relative minor of C major is A minor - what this means is that these two keys share the exact same notes but sound distinctly different. This is due to how our ear hears a scale given what we perceive to be the root note - in C our ear perceive C to the lowest or root note of the scale and as we ascend up the scale it feels happy due to the mysterious pattern on of wholes steps (W) vs half steps (H) up the scale.
What is a whole step and what is a half step? Good question!
W W H W W W H - This pattern is the same for any major scale
Although the key of A minor has the exact same notes as C major the crucial difference is we start the scale at ‘A’ and as we ascend it sounds vastly different (sad) because the pattern of whole steps vs half steps has changed due to the freaky way the western world lays out their keyboard.
W H W W H W W - This pattern is the same for any (natural) minor scale.
O.k - that's some heavy stuff but how is knowing the Circle Of Fifths useful even if you don’t play the piano? Maybe you just make beats?
Here’s one example.