- Paperback: 106 pages
- Publisher: Philip N. Jackson; 1 edition (20 Oct. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 979-1095580003
- ASIN: B016WM7HZK
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.6 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Circle of Fifths: visual tools for musicians Paperback – 20 Oct 2015
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I particularly like the logical approach that the author, Philip Jackson, uses consistently to demonstrate the utility of the circle of fifths and the pragmatic advice that he provides to assist practising musicians. Jackson provides solutions rather than sticking to a strict theoretical approach which can lead to confusion. For instance, he prefers not to use double sharps or flats and therefore changes the name of a note for simplification, and ease of performance for the musician.
By relating music theory to the circle of fifths (or fourths), Jackson provides a model which is visual and can therefore be more easily remembered. I have been searching for a way of helping myself to improve my music theory and this book has significantly assisted me. It will be a constant reference source for me as some of the material was complex and will require further study.
No! It's not too complicated - just demands an initial effort, that's all. Once all the effort has been made to commit the circle to memory, as the author suggests, the rest is pure enlightenment.
I particularly liked the chapters on pentatonic scales and diminished chords. I'm a great fan of world music and so I tend to want to use pentatonics in my improvisation. This book makes it clear to me, for the first time, which pentatonic scales I can use and perhaps better, which to avoid.
I can recommend The Circle of Fifths to all who want to understand about harmony and who are interested in playing and improvising.
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Save yourself years of bewilderment and get educated.
The circle if fifths is a type od decoder wheel.
Knowledge is power, and there is power in knowledge.
Go in peace knowing that you will benefit from theory.