Solfa explained for beginner musicians

Solfa is a teaching method for sight-singing. It is another musical vocabulary and an important aspect of being a well-rounded musician.



Think of Sound of Music Do-Re-Mi song lyrics:

Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long, long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow Sew
Tea, a drink with jam and bread
That will bring us back to Do (oh-oh-oh)


Every note of a scale is given a unique sound, and beginners learn this in the order of Doh, Ray, Me etc. This can be sung alongside the instrumental notes to help students remain in tune and understand the seeding nature of the pitch.


Another addition is the recent use of hand actions, to help students found the sound and visualise the change in pitch.


Why learn Solfa?

- It's easy, all students from children to adult are capable to understanding this concept to reinforce musicality.

- It improves vocal pitching which is important for vocalists, composers and musicians needing to anticipate the next note in sight-reading.

- It introduces the concept of scales, major vs minor, pitch and how notes are related to each other within a musical piece.