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Understand the ins and outs of chords with the Chord Wheel

Master chord theory ... in minutes! The Chord Wheel is a revolutionary device that puts the most essential and practical applications of chord theory into your hands. This tool will help you improvise and solo, comprehend key structure like never before; instantly transpose any progression into each and every key; compose your own music, watch your songwriting blossom! No music reading is necessary to gain from this chord finder from Hal Leonard. "This is the kind of device that players of any instrument can use to enhance their musical understanding. Chord and key relationships are inseparable, and learning these relationships is a must in becoming a successful musician," Alan Remington, Orange Coast College Music Dept.

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Great aid for songwriting

By InSub

from Louisville, KY


  • Fast
  • Simple
  • Visual


  • Limited Theory
  • Only Major Scale

Best Uses

  • Beginner
  • Discerning Song Scale
  • Intermediate
  • Song writing
  • Understanding Musictheory

Comments about Hal Leonard The Chord Wheel:

This tool allows you to quickly and visually dial in to a scale and know which chords work well together. It also indicates alternate chords (seventh, ninth, etc.) and less common incidentals. You can also use it to quickly identify the appropriate sharps or flats for the current scale for lead and melody to accompany the chords.

I have read several music theory books which all seemed to give me a half developed comprehension of the theory. But, this tool really helped me to put some of that theory to use. Then the ideas expressed in those other books (and this one) really seemed to click, and suddenly I was like, "Wow, I get it now!".

The wheel is only in the Major scales, but there is some explanation towards the end of the book which infers that by specific chord selection you will actually be playing in other scales like the relative minor. But, there is not an in depth explanation of how to use this to understand other scales.

Just get this tool. Start playing around with the chord combinations and you'll see how they all go together so well. You're songwriting will improve and you'll be branching out into scales that previously you didn't.

You can also use this to help with song transposition. Also, DJ's can use this to get a better understanding of mixing using the circle of fifths.

I liked this so much I bought one for each member of my band!

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