How to Study-Practice Scales: Solfege Ear Training

Reading and singing the Solfege syllables out loud is a very effective way to internalize the unique sound-feeling of each note in a musical scale. Here are are some suggested patterns for doing so, using the Bb Major Scale as an example…

Sing the scale as Solfege syllables LINEARLY, ascending…

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and descending…
piano-ology-scales-how-to-study-practice-solfege-ear-training-b-flat-major-linearly-descending

Tip: It is absolutely essential that you sing out loud.


Sing the scale as Solfege syllables in a Do-X-Do pattern, ascending…

piano-ology-scales-how-to-study-practice-solfege-ear-training-b-flat-major-do-x-do-ascending

and descending…

piano-ology-scales-how-to-study-practice-solfege-ear-training-b-flat-major-do-x-do-descending

Tip: At first, it’s okay to play the notes on the piano as you sing, but the ultimate goal is to be able to hear-feel each note in your mind’s ear without help from your instrument.


Sing the scale as Solfege syllables in BROKEN THIRDS, ascending…

piano-ology-scales-how-to-study-practice-solfege-ear-training-b-flat-major-broken-thirds-ascending

and descending…

piano-ology-scales-how-to-study-practice-solfege-ear-training-b-flat-major-broken-thirds-descending

Tip: It is critically important that you play and sing these studies slowly enough to allow the sound-feelings to make an impression on your mind’s ear.


Sing the scale as Solfege syllables in TRIPLETS, ascending…

piano-ology-scales-how-to-study-practice-solfege-ear-training-b-flat-major-triplets-ascending

and descending…

piano-ology-scales-how-to-study-practice-solfege-ear-training-b-flat-major-triplets-descending

Tip: Do not try to hear the interval between successive notes. It’s okay if you do, but be receptive to the unique sound-feeling of each note with respect to the key center Do.


Sing the scale as Solfege syllables in DIATONIC TRIADS, ascending…

piano-ology-scales-how-to-study-practice-solfege-ear-training-b-flat-major-triads-ascending

and descending…

piano-ology-scales-how-to-study-practice-solfege-ear-training-b-flat-major-triads-descending

Tip: Other patterns are possible as well.  At that point your time is better spent going right to the kinds of music that you want to play for your study-practice material.

LEARN MORE… How to Study-Practice Scales: Performance

About Frank J Peter

A uniquely burdened and blessed citizen of the world thinking and acting out loud!
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