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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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The Cycle of Fifths and Minor Keys

With minor keys the cycle of fifths works according to exactly the same principle, the difference being that the cycle begins with A minor because this is the minor key that has no sharps or flats (see Figure 19.5).

Figure 19.5. The cycle of fifths—minor keys.

The principles of key relationship that apply to the major keys also apply to the minor keys in that the most closely related minor keys are those which lie a fifth above and below the original tonic. In the case of D minor, these are, therefore, A minor (a fifth above) and G minor (a fifth below). Should a modulation (change of ...

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