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CYCLES

A cycle is an arrangement of keys that begins in one key and proceeds through all the keys, or a number of keys, and returns to the first key. A cycle follows a pattern based on the interval between the tonics of each key and is named after this interval. For example, the ascending major 2nd cycle might begin in C then move a whole-step up to the key of D, then proceed in whole-step intervals until the key of C reappears. The circle of 5ths is a cycle named the ascending perfect 5ths cycle. Cycles give you an opportunity to practice something in every key in one long exercise whether its a scale, arpeggio, chord, phrase, chord progression, etc. Knowing everything in every key should be every musicians goal. The benefits of this are too numerous to fit here. note: Enharmonics are used extensively in cycles. Ascending m2 cycle Descending m2 cycle Ascending M2 cycles C C C Db Descending M2 cycles C Db Ascending m3 cycles C D Descending m3 cycles C D Ascending M3 cycles C D Descending M3 cycles C D Db B D Eb Bb B Eb F A B E F# Ab Bb D Bb E F Ab A F# Ab F# Ab Ab Bb E F# Eb A Db E Eb A E Ab F# G F# G A B Eb F C, D, C, D, Ab E G Bb F G Ab A E F C, D C, D Db Eb Db Eb Db B Db, E, F G A B F# F# D F B Db Ab B A B F G E Ab D F Db Eb Db Eb A Eb D Bb G F C C Db Bb G E Db F# F# Bb B D Eb Db G F C Db C Db E G Bb Db Ab E A Eb Bb D B Db C C

Ascending P4 or Descending P5 cycle C F Bb Descending P4 or Ascending P5 cycle C G D Ascending or Descending Tritone cycles C F# C, Eb A Use 12-tone rows for random cycles. Eb,