Circle of Fifths


The Circle of Fifths is a wonderful tool for beginners in theory as well as for the most advanced composers!  Here are some of the many things you can learn from the Circle of Fifths:

  • Key Signatures
  • Relative minor and major keys
  • Chord Progressions
  • I – IV – V in any key
  • Dominant Substitutions
  • Advanced non-diatonic chord progressions

Whether you just started studying theory, or you’re an old hand at music theory, you should make sure you can fill out the Circle of Fifths in your sleep!    Here’s a blank Circle for you or your students to use as a practice tool:   Circle of Fifths Worksheet


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