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Old 11-16-2017, 07:12 PM
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Whereas his brother Groucho would get up, go to the piano, play "Sol La Sol Ta" and go back to bed.
You've CLEARLY heard the story then...lol ;- )
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It can be quite confusing at first when you are brought up on one and are trying to communicate with people that only know the other.

BTW - Ireland and the UK as well as other English speaking countries use movable 'Do', the rest of Europe and much of the world do indeed use a fixed 'Do'.
Interesting. I didn't know the system was so segregated. Regardless, I think they are different tools and useful in different ways. I teach the fixed solfege in my studio and I'm in the U.S. On the other hand, I see it as a "guitar thing."
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Interesting. I didn't know the system was so segregated. Regardless, I think they are different tools and useful in different ways. I teach the fixed solfege in my studio and I'm in the U.S.
Can you explain the advantages of fixed do? Do you also use the letter names, ABCDEFG?
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Can you explain the advantages of fixed do? Do you also use the letter names, ABCDEFG?
Sorry, I am just now seeing this. The fixed do gives a one syllable name to each and every note. I am not great with it, however a little bit goes a long way. One of the most practical uses I find is as a memory aid. For example, to quickly spout off "fe so me so fe mi fe" and to see that in my mind on the guitar. Much easier than trying to quickly sing, "F# G E G F# E F#."

And it really IS a universal language. Based on my experience, I've been in situations where I do not speak the naguage of the other person. They usually know solfege.

With what I said comes a deeper implication: there are lots of tools I use to learn things in lots of different ways. This is just one of those tools. And this is just one of the ways I use solfege.

In my studio, I teach a comprehensive approach. At any given time, a student is really learning five or more things at the same time...LOL As an example, I might need to work on refining a right hand position. The student is hyper focused on that one task only playing two notes. Because of that, it is very easy without effort to learn the two letter names and the solfege names. My students sort of accidentally learn how to read, solfege, etc. They don't know they are learning it because it is such a small amount of material and is repeatedly mentioned as we focus on something else...lol
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