The Architecture of Music

The Circle of Fifths

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Analyzing Chords Using the Linear Circle of Fifths

If the notes are removed from the LCOF it can be used as a tool to measure the sounds of chords using P5 intervals. A mirror line runs down the center of the central note of the LCOF and negative chords inverse about it as indicated by the dashed arrows (below). Another interesting thing to note when you look at chords along the LCOF is (in general) in all chords that ascend are major chords, and all chords that descend are minor chords. Even major 1st inversions ascend from the root note and all minor 1st inversions descend from the root note. Study the diagram below to understand this phenomenon.

analyzing chords with the linear circle of fifths