This alternate tale makes use of brevity and relies on remembering the little trick of using right-angled pointers to identify relative major and minor scales.
Let us start on comfortable and familiar ground before we venture to new territories.
We have previously seen three major-minor relatives namely:
- C major and A minor
- Ab major and F minor
- E major and C# minor
Using this new concept of an inner wheel, we could depict those relatives thus:
Those are just three examples of relative major-minor scale pairings. There are, of course, twelve major scales each having its own relative minor. Using the right angle pointers we can quickly identify all at once.
Starting at the 12 o’clock position with C major & A minor and moving clockwise each time, the following diagram has right-angled pointers which show all twelve major scale - minor scale relative pairings.
- C major - A minor
- G major - E minor
- D major - B minor
- A major - F# minor
- E major - C# minor
- B major - G# minor
- Gb major - Eb minor
- Db major - Bb minor
- Ab major - F minor
- Eb major - C minor
- Bb major - G minor
- F major - D minor
The outer wheel remains fixed. For our purposes here, the outer wheel represents major chords, tonic chords, I chords. The inner wheel can now be completed and populated with relative minor chords. Every major chord will have its relative minor housed within.
We reach a swift conclusion to this story and a happy ending for all.
A picture of domestic bliss, joyful unions, harmonious homes.
And they all lived happily ever after.
The complete Circle of Fifths with both outer and inner wheels.