So what's in it?
- A 7 dimensional circle of 5ths (more on that below)
- 9 pages of general music theory notes. I originally wrote them in case I ever have to take a break from music for a while and want to refresh my memory. Like, if I got in a horrible accident or something. I kind of printed them up and scribbled on them a lot. I cleaned them up a lot, for public consumption, after I shared them the other day and started to realize just how bad they were. I fixed typos, rewrote whole sections, cleaned up some tables, and added a couple of pages to make them flow better. They should be correct and readable now. I hope.
- 2 pages of key charts (one for Major, one for minor)
- 3 pages showing the fingering for every major, minor, and diminished chord. The only odd thing here is the empty dots. The solid dots should be pretty self-explanatory. They show where to fret and what finger I like to use to fret there. The empty dots show optional fretting positions, for if you want to try a different voicing of the chord. If there is an empty dot, the note it produces is written in parenthesis below it.
- 24 pages of what I call key sheets. Every sheet shows you how to play the scale, and every chord in every major and minor key. Each key is one page. The only new thing here is the scale diagrams. I show the fingering I like to use when I do scales, and I used gray scale dots alternating with black dots to separate the hand positions. Position 1 is black, 2 is gray, 3 is black, and so on.
When I practice I usually try to pick out one or two pages from the key sheets to practice scales and chords from. I just generally fiddle around trying to come up with fun chord progressions in different keys. If I'm in the mood to try modal chord progressions, I flip to the circle of 5ths diagram, and use that to pick out my chords. Lately, I've been playing with modes more, now that I know all the major, minor, and diminished chords, so I don't have to read the chord charts to know how to play them.
For some reason, the circle of 5ths diagram seems to be controversial when I show it to people. I mean... I derived it when I noticed a pattern while calculating modes in a spreadsheet. I hadn't seen a circle of 5ths diagram like this before, but I never thought I invented it, because if it's right, I can't be the first to notice this pattern. In case you are curious, I'm definitely not the inventor of this... since I posted this in other online forums, people have sent me links to others who have drawn this diagram before me. So I checked, and the diagram is definitely correct. As I explained above, I use this diagram almost every time I practice, so it can't be useless. Some people really don't like it for some reason, though.
Anyway... let me know what you think. Any feedback would be much appreciated.