Circle of Fourths [on Bass]

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RockerRocker Frets: 3825
This popped up when I was viewing something else:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOmqMLjuApg

Exactly how useful I am not sure, this is something that you guys can teach/show me, but it has interesting exercises especially on learning the notes on the fretboard.
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  • How useful?

    Well, the basic idea is to memorise the fingerboard so that you no longer need to look at it whilst playing. This leaves your eyes free to gawk at song charts. This should enable you to work from charts notated as chord numbers rather than Italian manuscript in a specific key. Thus, you could arrive for a paid engagement and perform the set list in whatever keys suit the vocalist(s).
    Be seeing you.
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 3825
    What use musically is knowing the circle of fourths?  Thanks
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  • vizviz Frets: 6499
    Rocker said:
    What use musically is knowing the circle of fourths?  Thanks
    It’s the same as the circle of 5ths (you just go round it in the opposite direction). 

    I think this is a good video to explain some of the uses of it:


    https://youtu.be/50CpDZvTWks

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  • fretmeisterfretmeister Frets: 13220
    viz said:
    Rocker said:
    What use musically is knowing the circle of fourths?  Thanks
    It’s the same as the circle of 5ths (you just go round it in the opposite direction). 

    I think this is a good video to explain some of the uses of it:


    https://youtu.be/50CpDZvTWks

    That's a great vid!



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  • jpfampsjpfamps Frets: 2243
    Rocker said:
    What use musically is knowing the circle of fourths?  Thanks
    The strongest resolution in music is down a fifth (up a 4th), eg from the V chord to the I chord (eg from G to C in C major) and this harmonic resolution crops up repeatedly in pop music. Eg the II to V chord resolution, or the VI to II chord resolution, or the III to the VI chord.

    Being able to recognise patterns around the cycle of 4th helps in understand harmonic movement and resolutions in music, rather than simply looking at a song as a linear set of unrelated chords.

    By learning the cycle of forths you should then be able to recognise patterns of chords in songs; this speeds up learning songs, and also aids massively improvisation.


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