Collingwood Ukulele Players

Revised Chord Wheel

Revised chord wheelI have revised my transposing chord wheel/circle of fifths tool this week. It is now a three-ring version. You can click on the image on the right to download the PDF.

The outer ring shows the Roman numerals for the key. This lets you see the chords by number – uppercase is major; lowercase is minor. Turn this wheel to the I key is above the key on the middle ring. The names in dark blue are some of the chord forms you can use in that position (i.e. I: major, major seventh).

W means whole step (two frets) and H means half step (one fret) – the distance between notes for the scale.

The two inner wheels show the circle of fifths, with notes for the major triads for each key in green, with the relative minors named in blue. The middle ring also shows the number of flats (b) and sharps (#) in a key signature. Fifths move clockwise; fourths counterclockwise.

The inner ring is used for the key a song is in. Turn the key so that letter points to the letter of the key you want to transpose into. The chords shown on the middle ring relate to the new key.

For example, if your song is C-Am-F-G and you want to play it in F, turn the inner ring so C aligns with F on the middle ring. A on the inner ring will align with D (which means Dm since the original was Am), F with Bb and G with C. So the new chords will be F-Dm-Bb-C. And in G it would be G-Em-C-D.

Print the pages, laminate those with the wheels, then cut them out, punch holes in the centres, and push a brass paper fastener through all three. Instructions are more fully described on page four. Page five is a larger version if you want something with bigger type. Print three copies of that page.

Look for my chord builder wheel, too, also available free on this site.

You’re welcome to use and share this tool, just please respect my copyright: don’t sell it or offer it in an package with content for sale. And don’t remove my copyright notice on the file.

(NB. If you find it a bit large, you might try printing it at a smaller percentage, say 85% or even 75%. Or don’t use the outer wheel…)

9 thoughts on “Revised Chord Wheel

  1. Uncle Rod Higuchi

    Thanks Ian!

    I’m teaching a class and just got to Transposing!
    Homework was for each of the students to cut and assemble a
    Transposing Wheel Chart, which they did. But looking at yours,
    well, I’m sure they will like it best. I know I will! 🙂

    Thanks for your generous and very useful contributions
    to the Ukulele Community… World-wide!

    keep uke’in’,

  2. tamás

    hi, this is really the best circle of fifths i have found until now on the web. not only does it contain all the info i was looking for, it is in good resolution and we can print it out and assemble it. thank you for this valueable contribution to musicians far and wide. blessings, tamás

  3. Simon Kinrade

    This wheel is great and I concur with the comments above. My question probably reflects my lack of music theory training but what do the Ws and Hs mean for the major and minor scales?

  4. ianadmin Post author

    W and H stand for Whole and Half step from the root note. These are distances between notes. A whole step is two frets on a guitar or ukulele, a half step is one.So in the key of A major, it begins WWH… which is B C# D or the second, fourth and fifth frets of your first string (the A string).

    Major keys, starting from the key note are WWH WWWH and minor keys are WHW WHWW. See here for more: http://www.bandnotes.info/tidbits/scales/half-whl.htm

    Hope that helps. I have another wheel to post – one for building chords. Be online soon.

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    1. ianadmin Post author

      I can see what I can do, but I need it this large because my eyes don’t see smaller type as well. You could try to print it at a smaller percentage or simply not use the outer wheel.
      Ian

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