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Issue No.3

Last updated on 28 May, 2018

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MEMORISATION OF THE MINOR CYCLE OF FIFTHS FOR 6-STRING GUITAR

EVH Wolfgang

So you want to know what notes and chords form the keys and instantly recall this information whilst playing or writing music in real life situations.

The fingerboard itself forms the best means of capturing and retaining the information required for application of the MINOR CYCLE OF FIFTHS - (Key signatures that accumulate sharp (#) notes one at a time).

The information below demonstrates the memorisation method where 5Am3 and 6Em4Em1 shape minor chords are played alternately every two frets starting at the guitar's nut, this process being continued up to the seventh fret when a total of seven sharp notes will have been accumulated (represented by the green shaded segments of the circle below).

Minor cycle of fifths

Click on the bullet points below to move to each sharp minor key signature in detail.


All the natural minor scales form a predictable pattern of chords (see table below) - chord numbers I IV and V are minor whereas chords bIII bVI and bVII are major; the remaining chord II is diminished.

A pdf of the scale chord table is available for viewing - NATURAL MINOR SCALE CHORD TABLE pdf

Minor scale chord table

 

Key of A minor - zero sharps


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  • Am scale chords tab

    Am - 5Am3 shape
    Am chord - 5Am3 shape Am scale chords Am scale - 5Am3 shape
    Am key signature

    Key of E minor - 1 sharp


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  • Em scale chords tab

    Em chord - 6Em4Em1 shape
    Em chord - 6Em4Em1 shape Em scale chords table Em scale 6Em4Em1 shape
    Em key signature tab

    Key of B minor - 2 sharps


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  • Bm scale chords tab

    Bm chord  - 5Am3 shape
    Bm chord 5Am3 shape Bm scale chords table Bm scale - 5Am3 shape
    Bm key signature tab

    Key of F# minor - 3 sharps


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  • F#m scale chords tab

    F#m chord - 6Em4Em1 shape
    F#m chord - 6Em4Em1 shape F#m scale chord table F#m scale - 6Em4Em1 shape
    F#m key signature tab

    Key of C# minor - 4 sharps


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  • C#m scale chords tab

    C#m chord - 5Am3 shape
    C#m chord - 5Am3 shape C#m scale chord table C#m scale - 5Am3 shape
    C#m key signature tab

    Key of G# minor - 5 sharps


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  • G#m scale chords tab

    G#m chord - 6Em4Em1 shape
    G#m chord - 6Em4Em1 shape G#m scale chord table G#m scale - 6Em4Em1 shape
    G#m key signature tab

    Key of D# minor - 6 sharps


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  • D#m scale chords tab

    D#m chord - 5Am3 shape
    D#m chord - 5Am3 shape D#m scale chords table D#m scale - 5Am3 shape
    D#m key signature tab

    Key of A# minor - 7sharps


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  • A#m scale chord tab

    A#m chord - 6Em4Em1 shape

    A#m chord - 6Em4Em1 shape

    A#m scale chord table A#m scale - 6Em4Em1 shape
    A#m key signature
     

    Understanding the information presented above is absolutely essential for the songwriting and/or improvising guitarist as the scales and chords form the bedrock of popular music.

    Have fun - see you next BLOGoZON.

     

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