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August 26, 2006 | Circle of Fifths Examples

Once in a while it's fun to revisit Ralph Patt's website and dig up a few of the hundreds of nuggets of information and his observations of the elements of Jazz Standards.

A particularly intriguing analysis is his comprehensive listing of Tonal Centers . We've been looking a Circle (Cycle) of Fifths applications. Check out his listings of several Jazz Standards that include a Circle of Fifths progression; this might help bring the concept home for you:

Ralph Patt Cycle of Fifths.

Posted by Ted at August 26, 2006 5:48 AM

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