This video is Solfege practice in minor. Solfege is a powerful tool that is often used for singers, but is amazing for musicians of any level. Solfege helps you to build strong ears so you can hear and imagine pitch better. This is not only a pathway to better ear training, but also leads to playing songs by ear, remembering melodies and chords and will improve your songwriting and improvising.
In this video, I sing you up and down the major scale in Moveable Do solfege using the Kodaly hand signs. I sing it in several different keys, droning the Do (the tonic or root note) as I play. In this video I will share solfege practice in the natural minor scale.
Solfege is a technique of naming the notes in a way that describes theirfunction.
In movable ‘do’ solfege, whatever key we are in, that note is ‘do’. If you’re in the key of A, then A is ‘do’. If you’re in the key of C, then C is ‘do’. The reason that we use solfege and not just note names is because we want to describe how the notes function and depending on what degree of the scale we’re on, that note has a function and a sound. By using solfege, we’re actually describing that function.
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Kodaly Hand Signs:
Zoltan Kodaly was a great master pedagogue from 100 years ago and part of his work was trying to find a way of making musicianship accessible to young people. He came up with what’s widely known as the Kodaly hand signs. This information is really helpful for us because these hand signs go along with each degree of the major scale. It’s really really terrific because the signs that he uses are actually very descriptive to how each of these notes function in the scale.
Solfege can help you to learn to play by ear as well. Check out this video to learn more.
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Solfege (do, re, mi, etc) is a centuries-old method of ear training that I have adapted for 21st Century singers.