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Key | The Circle of 5ths

The Circle of Fifths

The most useful tool in music theory is the circle of 5ths. This is a wheel or clock-like diagram which helps you to remember lots of different aspects of music theory including:

  • Key signatures
  • Order of flats and sharps
  • Number of flats and sharps
  • Key relationships

If you are taking a music theory exam, you will probably find that sketching a quick circle of 5ths on the page will help you to answer or check several questions quickly.

If you're a composer, the circle of 5ths can help you to visualise related keys quickly, as well as helping you with key signatures.

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