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Solfege - Part 3


First off let's quickly review what we've been dealing with so far in the first 2 parts of this series.

In Introduction to Solfege we discussed what Solfege is and why we use it. We proceeded to learn the syllables for the major scale and performed quite a few exercises. Again, I'd like to point out the importance of Tendency Tones and their resolutions (Don't go any further if you can't sing/feel these in your sleep!)

In part 2 we did quite a few exercises with triads, triadic progressions and the cycle of fourths.

In this third part we will expand our knowledge to the chromatic scale, ie we'll learn all the necessary syllables which enables us to sing any scale or interval out there.

All right, let's just jump right in.

Chromatic Scale

There are 2 versions of the chromatic scale: ascending and descending. In the ascending version you will see that the main syllables that we have learned together with the major scale are altered to end off with an 'i' (pronounced: e) (leaving the first letter of the syllables in place) to fill up the missing half steps.


Here's my glorious version.

(Wasn't that glorious after all - this is what my cat had to say when performing this - I guess this means No Jazz in Catarian :-)

In the descending version an 'e' is added to the ending of the syllables. (pronounced kinda like an 'a'). 'ra' is the exception as we already declared 're' before.


My version

What do you think? It's really not that easy, or? This is due to the fact that we're not growing up singing chromatic stuff a hell of a lot.

Spend some time with singing the chromatic scale - double check each note with an instrument as someone might easily fall into the habit of singing some notes flat or sharp.

Diatonic and Chromatic Tendency Tones

This is an extension to the tendency tones exercise we got introduced to with the major scale. Added are the chromatic 'approach notes' and their resolution.


For the next exercise we'll sing all 'practical' intervals. Practical, as these are the intervals we come across when constructing scales. Again, take your time with this. In the descending version I also removed the syllable name as I don't want you to get into the habit of just reading them. You should be able to read the notes, not the syllables.



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