I'm trying to train my ear, I had 2 teachers before, one of them recommends me to use scale degree in context of the key (which is basically movable do) and the other teacher recommends me fixed do.

I don't think the teacher who uses fixed do has perfect pitch but her ears seems really good. I was playing a piece (which I don't think she's heard before) I played one wrong note and she immediately says shouldn't it be this note?

my other teacher who uses movable do can hear harmonic progression very well. in real time also. but I don't know his ability to transcribe notes in real time.

now I think that movable do is superior because let's face it. fixed do is for the people who has perfect pitch but I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt because she says that you have to use fixed do for a very long time. I think she may have developed semi perfect pitch. like she can only have perfect pitch when it's only on the piano. she cannot reproduce notes or things that people who actually have perfect pitch can do.

while that seems nice but that means I literally have to sing everything I learn in fixed for a long time.

why I think movable do is practical is because well here

this guy explains this perfectly 2:25 for the main point.

  • What is your question exactly? I personally recommend both fixed do solfège and scale-degree singing. (Just don't mix fixed and movable, because you'll stumble over the syllables and never learn anything.) – Richard Aug 3 '18 at 14:01
  • I just giving you what my thoughts are in each concept and I wanted to hear what you guys think in what to prefer – Sky Star Aug 3 '18 at 14:03
  • Then i think you should as this directly (PS: primarily opinion based questions are off-topic, so try to be specific!) – coconochao Aug 3 '18 at 14:05
  • @Richard - yes, it's the same as my question of two and a half years ago. – Tim Aug 3 '18 at 14:25
  • The simple answer is do as you teacher says. If you are at a level where you take lessons from a teacher, do exactly as he/she says. A good teacher will guide you along in learning things you did not even know existed, even less knew you needed, and in a progression matched to your progress. – ghellquist Aug 3 '18 at 15:44

In some places in the world they use solf├Ęge as the note names. So where we say c, d, e they say do re me. In this context fixed do makes sense. You wouldn't want to call the tonic c in every key right? But in countries where we use note names c, d, e etc I think movable do just makes more sense.

With fixed do in some countries they don't change the note name if there is sharp or a flat and for me, this just doesn't make sense.

I think as far as ear training goes, learning what a scale degree sounds like in the context of the key center is very useful. movable do helps you learn this as where fix do may not.

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