I ran across a good (and free) printable circle of fifths on www.tikiking.com

It prints out at roughly 3.5 inches (90mm), so it's a good size to toss in a case or gig bag.

 

Taken directly from the website:

The circle of fifths can be used for many things. To help with chord progressions, to determine the Key that a song is in, to determine the scale for that Key.

The "circle of fifths" is a term coined by German musician Johann David Heinichen in 1728, and is basically a chart showing all 12 pitches which are arranged in such a way that as you go clockwise, you go up a fifth. However, due to the nature of how scales work, when you go counter clockwise you go down a fourth. For example, the fifth note of the G major scale (G A B C D E F#) is D (going clockwise) but the G is the fourth note in the key of D (D E F# G A B C#)
So, if you pick a key, Say "C" for example, That is your I Chord. The adjacent chord counter-clockwise (left) is the IVchord. The chord clockwise (right) is the V chord. So, in the key of C major, C is the IChord, F is the IVchord, and G is the V chord.
It has been said that nearly half the western worlds songs are based on the I, IV ,V progression. So there you go...

 

Circle.Of.Fifths.pdf (Same as image, but in PDF)

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Comment by Mark Bliss on August 19, 2011 at 1:59am

Hmm, I just never needed an additional ring to transpose a key......

Thanks for the post Jeff!

Comment by Chris Tinker on August 18, 2011 at 3:41pm
Yay Tiki King.... Excellent fella, makes his own ukuleles too!
Comment by Jeff "Strat Fink" Tinsley on August 18, 2011 at 2:48pm

Just as an example let's say you sing best in F#, but your lyrics/chord sheet has your favorite CCR song in A.

To transpose the song to your vocal range, just line up the F# on the inner ring with the A on the outer ring and you know your new  I,IV,V chords are F#,B,Db

Comment by Mark Bliss on August 17, 2011 at 1:27pm
OK, I have a chart and use it as described and beyond, but clarify for me, how the double ring is utilized?

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