Song Writers Swivel

Song writers swivel Guitar Conspiracy lesson

See the cycle of 4ths, 5ths, key signatures, parallel minors and roman numerals!

At Intermediate level we learn how all chords can have a pentatonic shape paired with each chord.

The Song Writers Swivel can with this in mind be expanded into: Key – Chord Number – Pentatonic scale.

Make sure you can apply this concept in any key.

  I
II
III
IV
V
VI
VII
Chord
Major
Minor
Minor
Major
Major
Minor
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Scale
Maj Pent
Min Pent
Min Pent
Maj Pent Maj Pent Min Pent
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Cycle of 4ths, 5ths, Parallel Minors and Key Signatures

As usual the SWS takes you around the cycle of 4ths (moving anti-clockwise) as well as the cycle of 5ths (moving clockwise)

Should you start in C, then all keys moving clockwise increase with one # at a time.

Similarly, should you move anti clock-wise, you can ad another b for each key.

The inner circle of chords display the parallel minors, the middle circle the major chords (I IV and V).

Musical harmony is all about understanding all these layers individually, as well as how they interact with each other.

intermediate