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#15 – 8 Ways to Study the 12 Keys

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Being able to play in 12 keys with some fluency is an obligation and an interesting challenge for anyone aspiring musician, as on several occasions as shows, recordings, etc …, we will need and apply.

The most used ways to study them is through the circle of fifths (up and down 5th), however studying with patterns of different intervals, helps us to speed up the mind and ability to respond to multiple situations more quickly.

I would like to share different ways in which I like to practice the 12 keys. Over them can be developed scales (modes), arpeggios, chords, different cadences (2-5-1, etc …) and everything you want to practice.

 

Ascending Fifths

C-G-D-A-E-B-F#(Gb)-C#(Db)-G#(Ab)-D#(Eb)-Bb-F

Descending Fifths

C-F-Bb-Eb(D#)-Ab(G#)-Db(C#)-Gb(F#)-B-E-A-D-G

Ascending Half step

C-C#(Db)-D-D#(Eb)-E-F-F#(Gb)-G-G#(Ab)-A-Bb-B

Descending Half step

C-B-Bb-A-Ab(G#)-G-Gb(F#)-F-E-Eb(D#)-D-Db(C#)

Ascending Whole step + Half step

C-D-E-F#(Gb)-G#(Ab)-Bb-B-C#(Db)-D#(Eb)-F-G-A

Descending Whole step + Half step

C-Bb-Ab(G#)-Gb(F#)-E-D-Db(C#)-B-A-G-F-Eb(D#)

Augmented Triad + Half step

C-E-G#(Ab)-C#(Db)-F-A-D-F#(Gb)-Bb-Eb(D#)-G-B

Diminished Seven Chord + Half step

C-Eb(D#)-F#(Gb)-A-C#(Db)-E-G-Bb-D-F-Ab(G#)-B

I hope you enjoyed another post harmonious and from now on, there is no excuse to learn the 12 keys.

Peace.

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