I 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…)
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