Library of Chords in the Circle of Fifths

Ableton Live Circle of fifths

When I am producing music a lot I find I do the same thing over and over. One of those things is when I am writing out a harmony I need to either play it live, or write out different chords to test them out in the track.  To save me the time I made a library of chords separated by their key that I can just drag and drop.

This is also nice because I have a folder for the different keys in their major or minor. So for instance I can navigate to Chords/Major/C Major Key/  there I see all the chords in that key and can drag them in the session.

I also used the Circle of Fifths Sticker to have all the clips be colored in such a way it is easy to harmonically mix and see what is happening.  If you are unfamiliar with this technique, then check out my article on the circle of fifths.

Download Chords-and-the-Circle-of-Fifths

This free (aq) Chords pack includes a live set, a reworked image of the circle of fifths to synced with Ableton clip colors, as well as a live set that lays it all out. Enjoy the chords!

Also Here is a video that runs through how I use this and setting it up:

If you like the free resources given away, then check out our Massive Ableton Template library, as well as Private Online Classes to get you producing faster and with more precision.

By | 2017-06-28T20:04:17+00:00 August 26th, 2011|Free Music Tools|35 Comments

35 Comments

  1. Subaqueous Music August 26, 2011 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Glad to bring this pack forward that can save a lot of people a LOT of time! Drawing those chords out can just add up over time…

    • JAE March 20, 2013 at 2:39 am - Reply

      WOW! Prob the most amazing resource for ableton. Thx.

  2. Gene August 27, 2011 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Not quire sure how to use this yet, but I am sure when I play with it I will dig it.

  3. RT579 August 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Thanks alot!This exactly what i was looking for

  4. gtry August 28, 2011 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Nice one brother!

  5. Carsten August 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Hm, nice idea and working nicly for me…will se if it’s usefull in production…. love the idea anyway:)
    Keep up the good work

  6. Dell August 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    precious. big help!
    thanks.

  7. Allen August 31, 2011 at 5:14 am - Reply

    This is a feature in FL, but I am glad to have it in my ableton session now. Thanks!

  8. Subaqueousmusic August 31, 2011 at 5:31 am - Reply

    Glad you are all finding this useful! Love sharing these the tools I create for my own music. Share the link to your friends as well!

  9. Isham February 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Great idea ! It is like a book but more interactive-;) you should extend this project with less traditional scale -;)
    Thank you !

  10. Tobey November 20, 2012 at 8:25 am - Reply

    awesome!

  11. rancos January 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Amazing mate, thanks so much!

  12. IN The Right January 25, 2013 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love this.

  13. arashi February 18, 2013 at 1:37 am - Reply

    is there anything like this for logic pro? or anything like this in general?

    • subaqueousmusic March 6, 2013 at 5:34 am - Reply

      They are a bunch of MIDI files in the ableton set. You could just use that for logic or any other DAW.

  14. spirit March 18, 2013 at 8:27 am - Reply

    sorry guess you can still use this file in order to import the single chords so you can still build this in intro. Only you are limited in how many scenes.

  15. guruvibe24 July 15, 2013 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    well, massive thanks bruv

    • Roseanna February 8, 2016 at 11:00 pm - Reply

      I thuohgt finding this would be so arduous but it’s a breeze!

  16. gravie July 31, 2013 at 10:15 am - Reply

    thanks mate really helpfull !!!

  17. Rockdaset December 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    This is a great resource, and I am eternally grateful for your work, time and effort you have put into this and then providing it for free.

    Thank you,

  18. Tobias November 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Thanx from The Netherlands!

  19. jviner1 January 26, 2015 at 6:47 am - Reply

    I can’t even venture a guess, just how long, I’ve wanted a tool like this or similar. I’ve seen some one-shot chord hoards here and there that one could manipulate to some degree. However, it’s the relativity (if you will) of one chord to another you’ve made getting around, basically effortless. That’s,( for lack of a better word )…awesome. Last, w/ regard to workflow, I can honestly say. This, may very well be, the best tool in the box. Also, It’s a little ironic, that, you actually offered this free of charge. Because, for myself…it’s damn near priceless. You’re a genius THANK U

  20. Esperanza June 23, 2015 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Having read this I thought it was extremely informative.
    I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this
    informative article together. I once again find myself personally spending way too much time both reading
    and posting comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  21. jkhanuddin July 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much. I am an average guitarist with no keyboard experience. I am trying to compose song in MIDI using Sonar X3. Manually creating MIDI chords takes too much time. Your library will help me so much. Now, just drag and drop. Wow! Dedicated music loving people like you are God sent to amateur musicians like me. Thanks again for sharing your hard work.

  22. mcoakley August 20, 2015 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    I don’t ever post comments but this is such an amazing resource that I had to say thank you. Thanks for being so generous and sharing it with the rest of us!

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  24. Scott July 3, 2016 at 4:31 am - Reply

    I had the thought and googled to see if anyone had done before and came across this. Thanks for your efforts – much appreciated!

    • Subaqueous July 5, 2016 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      Your welcome! Happy to help save you time and offer some creative tools.

  25. mikke August 10, 2016 at 10:52 am - Reply

    excellent!!!!!

  26. shanm1971 January 17, 2017 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for all your work – Best, Shan 🙂

  27. tripack April 2, 2017 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Thank’s a lot for all of your free sharing and your knowledge,it’s help a lot 🙂

  28. Jason May 11, 2017 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Just had to say THANK U for this tool mate. Its a true gem! <3 Thank you !

    • Subaqueous May 12, 2017 at 11:58 am - Reply

      Your welcome Jason. Glad to help and spread the knowledge!

  29. Lucas July 8, 2017 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    From what I read it should work with any DAW right? Studio One, Logic? Thanks!

    • Subaqueous July 20, 2017 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      Yes, exactly. It’s MIDI so it should work with anything.

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