Intermediate Songwriters Swivel

PAIR THE CHORDS IN A KEY WITH THE PENTATONIC SCALES

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Understanding the SWS

The SWS takes you around the cycle of 4th (moving anti-clockwise) as well as the cycle of 5th (moving clockwise).

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

Similarly, should you move anti-clockwise, you add another ‘b’ for each new key.

The inner circle of chords display the parallel minors, the middle circle display 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.

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The SWS can be expanded from displaying just the key and each chords number to what pentatonic scale can be used as well.

Here’s a flow chart of how you can add the pentatonic scales to the chords of the key.

IIIIIIIVVVIVII
ChordMajorMinorMinorMajorMajorMinorIgnore for now
ScaleMaj PentMin PentMin PentMaj PentMaj PentMin PentIgnore for now

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