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For questions related to solfège, the music education method used to teach pitch and sight singing by connecting syllables ("Do," "Re," "Mi," etc.) to pitches.

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Is Fixed Do automatically learned when you learn Movable Do Solfege, but not the other way around?

From what I understand, for example, if I perceive the Tonic note as "C" instead of "G" in a G major song such that I would sing "Do" on the note "C" instead of ...
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How is learning Fixed DO Solfege any different than learning Absolute Pitch?

In Fixed DO Solfege, you are essentially memorizing the pitch in association with the pitch's name. From what I can understand, you can hear any note without establishing a tonal center as in you can ...
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How does someone that uses fixed do solfeggio practice dictation?

I have some experience with moveable do solfeggio and I’ve been experimenting with fixed do solfeggio recently as it seems to simplify the sight singing process since you don’t have to account for ...
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I can match pitch/melodies if played at a piano but not if i directly hear a song is it normal for a beginner?

Hi guys i'm 6 month into singing, and i have started where i wasn't able to match any pitch at all. With the help of a piano (and a app to see if i'm correctly matching the pitches) i started to match ...
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Does movable do modulate with the music or stay with the initial key?

When using the movable do system in a piece that modulates, is the standard practice to stay with the initial key (i.e., a "locally fixed" do) or to modulate the solfege to match the new key?...
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What is this notation used for the singer? [duplicate]

Consider this excerpt from Te Deum Laudamus by C.V. Stanford: What is the notation used on top of the voice? I suppose the letters indicate the notes (d(o)-r(e)-m(i)-s(ol) for re-mi-fa#-la in D major)...
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How do I recognize notes in other key?

I have a relative pitch and I'm a beginner of jazz improvisation. I have a problem in improvisation. I used to follow the key when chord progression of key changed. (like 'all the things you are' and ...
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How do I sing/count these notes?

What are the beats in the underlined notes? How can I count them?
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What is meant by syllable "ES" in solfege? Possibly only in Turkish?

Sorry, half language, half music question In this Bağlama video the author seems to refer to a note by name "ES". Here is the transcript taken from a comment by author: <!-- language-all: ...
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Pauses between notes

I am trying to make a microcontroller play simple "Christmas" melody and studying notes grammar just with this goal. I got about notes durations, but handbook doesn't shed much light on ...
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how do I put solfege on for chords?

How do I put on solfege for multiple notes stacked/chords? I mean, I could put it separately, but how do I indicate which solfege goes to which note?
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Are the correct Takadimi syllables notated in these exercises?

Did I put write in the correct takadimi syllables for these two exercises? Some of the syllables I wasn’t sure. Exercise 350: And this one number 371:
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Relative Pitch and Solfege

Can one teach themself relative pitch by using solfege? Any tips or recommendations that I can implement in my journey to learning relative pitch? I understand fixed and moveable do already. Just ...
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Ukulele prodigy said Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol took him three months to learn - what does this mean?

In this video, at around 18 seconds, ukulele guitar prodigy Feng E said his father taught him how to play ukulele, and he learned Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol in three months, which, according to him, might be a ...
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Can sargam be used interchangeably with Do and note-name systems for a beginning pianist?

A young piano student has been learning the letter-based note names: A B C, etc. He also has been exposed to fixed Do: Do Re Mi, etc. Meanwhile, a family member taught him the sargam syllables for the ...
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Can tonic sol-fa cope with quarter tones?

Tonic sol-fa gives names to the seven scale degrees then modifies the vowel sound of note names to indicate semitone modifications. It handles enharmonic respellings, so for instance, do di re ri mi ...
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What is it called when the vocal parts move to the harmony above

What is it called when there's 3 part harmony, and each part goes to the part above them(the highest part goes to the octave above the lowest part)? For example, in this video: at 1:16, the highest ...
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Why isn't there a 7th note (si) in St. John's hymn?

The solfege syllables (ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si) come from St. John's Hymn, in which the lyrics of the first verse go as: Ut queant laxis Resonare fibris Mira gestorum Famuli tuorum Solve polluti ...
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Interval calculation (Eb-B#)

I'm trying to name the interval Eb-B#. We know that E-B is a perfect fifth. And by taking Eb-B, it becomes an augmented fifth. But what about Eb-B#? I cannot find a suitable name for this one. Thank ...
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Moveable Do Piano for Ear Training Verification [closed]

I have been working on moveable-do ear training for a while now. I would like either a keyboard app where you can change the pitch of the C note or an app that will let you play some kind of solfege ...
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If you don't use Solfège, how do you read & memorize music-- what goes through your mind?

I learned solfège as a child, long before I started to learn the musical notes on 5 lines. So I'm used to matching every notes to its solfege equivalent in order to know which piano key to press and ...
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Using rhythmic solfege to count a dotted eighth - sixteenth rhythm

I'm looking for a way to show the dotted eighth - sixteenth rhythm using a system of rhythmic symbols. In standard notation, the rhythm looks like this: In French, it is easy to teach this rhythm ...
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Adviced learning path: from electric guitar tab player to real electric guitar and music knowledge

I’m decided to take up playing (learning) electric guitar. I have basic knowledge of sol-fa (I can read music), but not that much of advanced sol-fa (scales...) I’ve played for years using tabs ...
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How do French and other Romance language speakers cope with the movable do system?

A user with perfect pitch reminded me that applying relative doremi will be torture like he had to read the word “green” in red letters. How can I develop relative pitch if I have perfect pitch? I ...
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Tips on speedy scale writing (and singing) in different clefs and modes

I'm currently doing homework from this textbook (Unfortunately, I don't have the name of the book), where there are these exercises: Write the following scales in (treble/bass/tenor/alto) clef, ...
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Are there any methods to identify intervals in Solfege?

I have a test in Solfege and I have trouble identifying intervals. I don't have musical hearing and I have never studied piano professionally. Therefore I struggle with identifying intervals through ...
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Fixed-Do Solfege in A Major scale with accidentals

I am learning solfege by myself and I have a question about reading of notes with accidentals. As far as I studied, There are 2 different ways in solfege, fixed-do and movable-do. There are also ...
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How to use solfège for chords?

I'm just wondering how one would use solfège for chords/harmony. For example to sing C major does one say "do mi so"? If so wouldn't that in practice mean that one would have to say alot of words when ...
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Equivalency between Indian Classical Saptak and Western Notes

Can anyone tell me the equivalency between Indian Classical Saptak, i.e. Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa and Western Notes, C D E F G A B It is Sa ~ C, Re ~ D, Ga ~ E, etc, or is it something else. Please ...
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How do I work on retaining the DO during melodic dictation?

I've been working hard on my ear training and am now at the point where I can sight-sing (the right notes at least!) fluently in major (with no accidentals). I do this by retaining the root and ...
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Why is ra lower than re while la is higher than le?

According to Wikipedia and this answer, the solfège syllables for 2 and ♭2 are re and ra, respectively, while the solfège syllables for 6 and ♭6 are la and le, respectively. Is there a reason for this ...
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what are the hand-signs in solfege?

I've searched in SE for solfege and names of altered notes or tones. This point seems to be cleared. But I couldn't find any about hand-signs for solfege. What are the solfege hand-signs? In our ...
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What are the solfege syllables? [duplicate]

Are they C,D,E,F,G,A or do re me fa so la to do? I have an online assignment due and my classmates say it’s CDEFGA but I’m confused.
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Vocals : How to practice accidental notes in sight singing

So I have been practicing sight singing since last 5-6 months. I think I'm able to read the notes in the scales quite easily using the solfege method (each scale somewhat resembling the Do-Re-Mi ...
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How should one describe that some solfege notes rhyme?

How should one describe that some solfege notes rhyme or perhaps share the same role? The two examples are do and so (I and V) and mi and ti (III and VII). C D E F G A B (...
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Movable Do vs Fixed Do [duplicate]

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. ...
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Solfege versus normal note names (do, re, mi v. C, D, E)

At a recent gig in France, someone asked me for a 'mi bemol' to pitch some singers. Had to consider for a moment, then realised they wanted Eb. (French system uses fixed do). A hand signal would have ...
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Solfege (aka Do Re Mi) in natural minor scale?

Is there a Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do equivalent in the minor scale? If so how's it spelled and how's it sung (maybe someone has a link where someone sings it). Thanks
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Solfege not working for me

I am taking some ear training lessons and we started out with singing One,Two.... Well, that didn't really work. Now we are trying solfege, but that seems to be just as bad. Many years ago i was ...
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How can I improve in melodic dictation for real?

And/or how can I improve my melodic memory? I think I have a little problem with this, because whenever I'm practicing melodic dictation, either at teoria.com or EarMaster -and even at solfege ...
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How is solfège approached when there is harmony in the background?

Instead of trying to memorize every interval out of context, a more useful ear training goal is the "memorization" of each scale degree in relation to the tonic (Movable-do solfege). Each degree will ...
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Pitch notation in different countries

In the United States we use scientific pitch notation to identify each note on the piano keyboard. Each note is identified by its letter name and its octave number. So in SPN, Middle C would be C4, ...
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What exactly is the "tonic sol–fa" system, and how is it different from solfège?

I'm fluent in both fixed- and movable-do solfège, but I'm wondering how the "tonic sol–fa" system overlaps with fixed- and movable-do solfège, and offers something new that fixed- and movable-do ...
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What does "H.=H" mean?

I came across this writing in a ukulele tab. I assume H means half and E means eighth, but what could the "H.=H" mean? H.=H Q Q. E E E E E E E E E E E E E |-7---5----10-|-...
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What tempo is andante con moto?

I'm learning Beethoven's 5th symphony 2nd movement, and I have some questions. What tempo is andante con moto? How do you read the 32nd and 64th notes? For example, you count 16th notes with 1 e &...
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For ear training what is the best sound to match pitch against? How does this work across voice range?

So I have been practicing the piano for a few months now. I'd like to get started on ear training and interval training. Parts of it is the constant recommendation I keep finding that I need to sing ...
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Why is a note counted twice in an octave but not when counting semitones?

I'm starting to study music, and I'm reading about semitones and tones. Looking at a piano, I know there are 8 notes in an octave: Do – Re – Mi – Fa – Sol – La – Si – Do Here the Do is counted ...
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Siler 'international' solfege system. Pros, cons?

The principle is basically to assign different vowels to the different accidentals, and keep the consonatns from the Do Re Mi system. Natural = a; sharp=e, flat=o, double sharp= i; souble flat = u. ...
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Solfege - Fixed Do versus Movable Do

Having used movable do for a long time, I'm now in a country where fixed do is the norm. I'm looking for advantages/disadvantages of one over the other.
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How to practice solfege?

I have a solfege test coming up and I want to practice some more. What is a good website to practice solfege on? (Preferably free) And what are some general tips to get better at it?
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