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The Chromatic Watch Company has been selling unique, musically themed time pieces around the world for more than 30 years. Our products will help you learn many aspects of music theory, everything from the circle of fifths, circle of fourths and chromatic scales to chords, keys and progressions. The circular shape of our products illustrates the circular nature of music theory in a way that is easier to grasp than the more common linear approach to explaining these concepts.

The Chromatic Watch Company sells three styles of watches: Chromatic, Circle of Fifths and Circle of fourths. All watches are available in men's or ladies' sizes and in gold or silver. Our watches have one micron of gold plating, quartz movement and a leather strap. We also offer deluxe models of all three styles of watches, which have five microns of gold plating, a thinner case, upgraded quartz movement, scratch resistant crystal, stainless steel back and a luxurious leather strap. Also available: Circle of fifths and Chromatic Wall Clocks and Chromatic Desk Clocks and Travel Alarms. Check out our Facebook page

Why you Need to know the Circle of Fifths!

The circle of fifths is one of the most fundamental and useful concepts in music theory. It can be used for many purposes; learning major and minor scales, the order of sharps and flats, building major and minor chords, chord progression, understanding keys and the accidentals that occur in keys.

In this article I’m going to discuss how you can use the circle of fifths to play the two most common progressions in western music in any key. I’m referring, of course to I-IV-V progressions which are the most common chord progression in rock, folk and country music (examples include: ”Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, ” Down on the Corner” by CCR and ”This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie” ) and ii-V-I progressions which are the most common progression in jazz and also common in all western music genres. (examples include “Satin Doll” by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald’s “How High the Moon” and Gershwin’s “Summertime” )

To figure out any I-IV-V progression:

1. Pick the key you’d like to play the chord progression in. I’ll arbitrarily choose the key of D which is at two o’clock on the circle of 5ths.

2. To find the IV chord simply go counter clockwise by one hour. Relative to a root note of D, one hour counter clockwise is G.

3. To find the V chord simply go clockwise by one hour. One clockwise hour past our root note of D is A.

I-IV-V in the key of D = D-G-A

And there you have it, it’s that simple! To reiterate, to calculate what a I-IV-V progression in any key is you pick a root note then go one hour backwards to find the IV chord then go two hours clockwise (or one hour clockwise from the root) to find the V chords.

To figure out any ii-V-I progression:

1. Pick a key to play the chord progression in. We’ll use the key of A for the example which is at three o’clock on the circle of 5ths.

2. To find the ii chord go two hours clockwise relative to the root note. Our root note A is at three o’clock and two hours past three is five o’clock and on the circle of fifths five o’clock is B.

3. to find the V chord go one hour counter clockwise from the ii chord. The ii chord (B) is at five o’clock and one hour counter clockwise from five is four o’clock so the V chord is E which is at four o’clock.

Benefits of Music Theory

Music theory is a key component to help musicians of all genres realize their potential by sharpening their minds and expanding their musical horizons. The Chromatic Watch Company sells products that help musicians learn music theory. The circular shape of our products helps you to better understand the circular nature of music. We offer three styles of watches; Chromatic(the numbers on the face have been replaced with the letters of the chromatic scale) Circle of Fifths and Circle of Fourths. All of our watches are designed to have multiple theoretical applications, here are a few examples: The Chromatic Watch is a great tool for learning intervals which are a fundamental building block of all music. Intervals are the spaces between pitches. To be a great musician you must be able to readily identify intervals. It's also a fantastic way to visualize scales. For example the major scale's intervalic formula in terms of whole steps and half steps is: W-W-H-W-W-W-H. If you start at twelve o'clock on the Chromatic Watch dial you have the note C, move clockwise a whole step (two hours) and get D, another whole step gets you to E, then a half step (one hour) and you have F, a whole step gives you G, another whole step and you're on A, yet another whole step equals B and finally go a half step and you've completed the octave and landed on the next C. The Circle of 5ths Watch tells you how many accidentals are in each key, the order of sharps and flats, relative keys and how to build chord progressions. One application I use with my music theory students is to show them how to use the circle of 5ths to play I-IV-V progressions in any key. Here's how you do it: 1. Pick the chord you'd like to use as your I chord. (we'll pick A for this example) 2. To locate the IV chord go one hour counter clockwise and you get D (the IV chord relative to A) 3.From your IV chord go two hours clockwise to find the V chord (our IV chord, D is at two o'clock, two hours clockwise is four o'clock which is E). So a I-IV-V progression in the key of A is: A-D-E. And the Circle of 4ths (which is the inversion of the circle of fifths) illustrates the most common chord music in western music and shows you how related major keys are.