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Questions tagged [solfege]

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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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?

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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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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Right or wrong syncope

Is the fourth note syncopated or not?
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How does the tonic solfa work in minor keys?

I'm curious as to how it works it minor keys specifically melodic and harmonic minors. I'm assuming it is different than the regular Do-Rei-Mi.
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Are there solfege syllables for diminished and augmented imperfect intervals?

Sometimes it is necessary to name notes and intervals differently based on how they are functioning and I was curious if this idea caired over to solfege. For example, the notes of a Co7 are C, Eb, ...
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How do you do accidentals (eg. E♭) in solfège (Do Re Mi)? [duplicate]

I only ever learned the basics of the major scale syllables, mostly from the "Doe, a deer" song. In C Major, Do - C Re - D Mi - E Fa - F Sol - G La - A Ti (or Si) - B Do - C So how ...
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What pitches for singing “Movable Do”?

Considering that everybody has their own most comfortable singing range: when using the 'movable do'-system for solfège, which pitches does one choose to sing the various syllables? Can 'do' be any ...
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Music created specifically for aural training

If I listen to a Mozart piano sonata, I am practically unable to comprehend what is happening musically. I'm talking about functional perception, hearing the function of each note or chord. ...
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What are the Solfège names of the semitones between the basic do, re, mi, etc?

What are the names of all the notes in a sol-fa scale, especially the chromatic notes between the basic Do, Re, Mi's.
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Is solfege systems octave-agnostic?

I'm writing a somewhat comprehensive music theory programming library - Both to have the ability to make "intelligent" theory programs, and to refresh all the theory to myself. I've however just met ...
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What is the relationship between “do re mi” and note letter names?

When the people sing the song, we use do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, si, ect, but some time I hear that the music people say A, B, C, C flat, ect. Is their relationship or are they two different things?...
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Learning an alternative moving-do solfege — futile?

Here's a fairly specific but multi-faceted question. I can only solfege (moving-do) in my head up to about Allegro 16ths at best, and I've been thinking if maybe there are ways to speed up. I noticed ...
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In what order shall I introduce traditional music theory concepts to adults using solfege?

I have 24 sessions in which to deliver basic music theory to university-age students. Although they are likely to do some singing in their future careers, they are unlikely to receive further musical ...