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To better understand how notes in a scale, chords, and modes are related, it’s helpful to start with a good understanding of minor and major scales. This knowledge will be a strong foundation if you want to create chord progressions.
This Max for Live Device will give you a good overview how everything depends on each other in a one window view.
The three colors in the Circle of Fifths and the table on the right side represent:
- blue for Major (Chords/Scale)
- yellow for Minor (Chord/Scale)
- pink for Diminished (Chords/Scale)
Circle of Fifth view
On the outer circle you can see if it’s a major or minor scale (Root Note) and which chords are major, minor or diminished.
in the inner circle you see the Modes and which are also the base to create Chord Progressions.
Set another Root Note
to set another root note, you can easily turn the Circle of Fifth by clicking in the middle and scroll up and down with the mouse.
Chords and Modes in a Scale
In this view you can find:
- the Chords - you can see that they are colored (blue = Major, yellow = minor, Diminished = pink) You can also click on a chord to play it, if there`s a Midi Instrument in the Track.
- the Modes - here you can set the Modes of that Scale. that means only the Root note of the Scale will move and with that, the intervals of the scale. The Notes within the Scale will always be the same,
like in Ionian the Scale is: C D E F G A B C and in Dorian the Scale is D E F G A B C D.
- the Scales - here you can see, that the Ionian Scale is written horizontally C D E F G A B C and vertically also. (see the examples below)
On the Top, where you see the Chords, you can trigger these by click on them with the mouse.
Keyboard & Notation view
In the Keybaord and notation view you see always what happens, if you change the root key, play a chord, select another mode etc.
circle of fifth resources
Here you find a collection of resources, where the circle of fifth is explained:
Ableton Live Suite 10 + 11 with Max for Live 8.2 / Ableton Live Standart with an Max for Live License.
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