The tonic rules, or does it? Sometimes, even when we know the tonic the notes don’t “fit”. Key changes, alien notes, and modes may be behind the madness.
Solfa (also known as “solfeggio” or “solfège”) is the “do re mi” system of naming notes. Although it is often associated with children, solfa is a powerful tool that can be hugely valuable to any musician by allowing you to recognise notes easily by ear.
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The tonic gives us the key and chords of a song for playing by ear, solfa, and transcription. But what happens when the actual notes in the song don’t fit?
Solfa comes alive when you apply it to hearing real music. Soon you will see how quickly you will be able to play by ear and transcribe what you’re hearing.
Originally a tool to help students with music theory, Bob Habersat and Paul Levy have built The Shed into a fantastic resource for all music learners.
Five notes to seven: two notes expand our solfa skills to embrace so much music! Grow your skills with these fun exercises, and expand them into real music.
The Pentatonic Scale is the most popular scale in human history. Learn how to hear, transcribe and play pentatonic melodies with solfa with fun exercises.
Step by step, ear training produces magical results. Find out how to hear the foundational major key chord progressions, with fun examples and exercises.
Playing melodies by ear can be easy with the right framework. Learn a 6-step process to learn the powerful solfa approach to relative pitch.
Time to practice finding the tonic in minor melodies with these real music examples. Also, get some helpful tips on how to avoid the four common pitfalls.
Finding the tonic of a melody is the first step to transcribing, solfa and understanding musical form. Minor keys add a few twists and turns to the process.
Learn how to find the tonic of any piece of music and practice with these well-known popular songs and classical pieces in part two of this tutorial.