How to Form Chords using The Circle of Fifths (April 2015)

Circle of Fifths

Cmajor chord:

Start on C,

Count forward 4 notes...G D A E...(2nd note E)
Count backward 3 notes... A D G...(3rd note G)

Continue this process to extend the chords.

Cmajor 7th chord
From G note, count forward 4 notes...D E A B...(4th note B)

Cmajor 9th chord
From B note, count backward 3 notes...E A D...(5th note D)

We can call it the...,4 Steps Forward 3 Steps Back method.
1 + 4 - 3 method,,,)

Now with a little extra thinking...
1 + 4 - 3 to construct major chords
1 - 3 + 4 to construct minor chords.

We can call it the...
4 Steps Forward, 3 Steps Back Major Method.
1 + 4 - 3 Major method.

And

3 Steps Backward, 4 Steps forward Minor Method.
1 - 3 + 4 Minor method.

16 Apr 2015