Circle Exercise 1

Practice each kind of triad in the circle of fifths, major thirds or minor thirds. You can use any of these permutations.

  • 1-3-5
  • 3-1-5
  • 5-1-3
  • 1-5-3
  • 3-5-1
  • 5-1-3

You should probably start with 1-3-5. After that, it would be a good idea to also practice one permutation starting on the third and one starting on the fifth. To avoid big leaps, break the triads up by changing octaves as shown in the examples below.

Don’t just play the examples as written. Use the whole range of your instrument. Play several rounds and try not to take the same route twice.

Example 1: Major triad, 1-3-5, circle of fifths

Example 2: Major triad, 3-5-1, circle of minor thirds

Example 3: Major triad, 5-1-3, circle of major thirds