circle of fifths

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circle of fifths ‎(plural circles of fifths)

  1. Alternative form of cycle of fifths
    The sharp side of the circle of fifths can be read off directly from the white keys on a piano's octave (by making the appropriate jumps):
        Do–So–Re–La–Mi–Ti–Fi.
    Also, the flat side of the circle of fifths can almost be read off entirely from the black keys on a piano's octave (with the exception of Fa):
        Do–Fa–Te–Me–Le–Ra–Se.