“Circle” of Thirds

Major/Minor Thirds Diagram
I created this diagram to help with visualization of chromatic third cycles for tunes like Giant Steps, Countdown, or Central Park West. You can find out more about how to use it at Using the Circle of Thirds.

Here the zip file containing the original svgs for pitch names, pcs, and a lines only template.

  6 Replies to ““Circle” of Thirds”

  1. Joseph Johnston
    July 6, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Here is a different and practical design for the circle of thirds: http://igg.me/at/chord-board/x/1173887

    • July 6, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Really interesting approach! I like the idea of nested circles of fifths, and your visualization is way better for major and minor chords than mine. Is there a quick way to find diminished and augmented triads as well?

      Good luck with your funding!

      • Joseph Johnston
        July 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm

        Thank you. For these chords, just focus on one circle of fifths. For diminished seventh, make a square (or diamond depending on angle). For diminished triad, select any three of those four notes. For augmented triad, find a right triangle.

        • July 7, 2013 at 1:22 pm

          Thanks for your insight Joseph! Actually, this diagram is to speed up that very process. I play a lot of tunes that modulate by thirds, so I came up with this as a shortcut to the old “triangles, squares, and stars on the circle of fifths” way of visualizing thirds cycles. It’s pretty much limited to chromatic thirds and their related scales, though, and not of much use elsewhere….

          • Joseph Johnston
            July 7, 2013 at 1:58 pm

            I see. Interesting.

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