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Monday, May 02, 2011

Solfa Method ~ by PGA

This method is only for those of you who do NOT have Perfect Pitch... and this includes most of us. For more information about Perfect Pitch, go to this link... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolute_pitch.

I use the Solfa Method (Do Re Mi) to help me pitch which is largely based on the Tonic Sol-Fa Method by Sarah Ann Glover. It consists of giving each note a particular name. More about her method can be read at this link... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonic_sol-fa.

And leveraging on her method, I go one step further by giving each Black Note a particular name which is just a flattened version of a White Note by changing the vowel of it's spelling to 'u'. So...

the white 'Re' is flattened to the black 'Ru'...
the white 'Mi' is flattened to the black 'Mu'...
the white 'So' is flattened to the black 'Su'...
the white 'La' is flattened to the black 'Lu'... &
the white 'Ti' is flattened to the black 'Tu'.

'Do' will be the tonic of whatever key is being used which is the the method of the Movable Do. The 'Do' in a Major Key will still be the same 'Do' in it's Relative Minor Key except it's tonic will now be the 'La'.

This figure here basically sums up the method I'm using.

And here is very useful song, 'On A Little Street In Singapore' that's able to help you practice the chromatic scale. Although the song 'Do-Re-Mi' from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical 'The Sound of Music' is very good at teaching the Solfa Method, it does not cover the black notes on the piano. Just like 'Do-Re-Mi', this song 'On A Little Street In Singapore' covers only one octave... BUT it goes further in that it includes all the 12 black & white notes on the piano... hence making it very useful in practicing the chromatic scale.

Download the Midi Format... to hear the song
Download the PDF Format... to print the music score

For Lyrics & Various Video Versions of this song, click HERE.