EXERCISES (answers at bottom of screen)
This page has exercises in the key of C Major with a time signature of 4/4. Therefore, we can treat the pitch (C) as “do” in our solfege scale and can imagine that each measure lasts for a duration of four quarter note beats.
Here are some ways that we can learn from each exercise, depending on our level of musical understanding:
- Try writing the solfege syllable for each note underneath it.
- If you know about scale degree numbers, then try writing scale degree numbers underneath the notes, as well, differentiating these by topping them with a rooftop accent.
- Next, above each note, write in the beat on which it starts. These are the numbers you would use in count-singing.
- Finally, try singing through the passage on solfege, then scale degrees, and then beat numbers (i.e., count-singing) while tapping the beat with your foot. When singing numbers (whether for pitch or for rhythm), replace the word “seven” with the abbreviation, “sev,” and replace the word, “three,” with, “tee.”
- For more advanced musicians, try writing in dynamic markings and shaping each passage more expressively; or try singing more and more of each passage without running out of breath.
- You can record yourself and then evaluate your recording for pitch, timing, tone, breath support, etc. Treat solfege syllables like Latin text: do your vowels stay pure on long notes, or do they change as you go along? As evidenced in the recordings in the answer section, below, every singer at every level has things to work on and improve (even choir directors).
In this section, count-singing numbers are written above each exercise. Solfege syllables and scale degree numbers are written below. A circumflex (i.e., rooftop) accent mark is used to differentiate scale degree numbers. Numbers that are printed above are merely exercise numbers (e.g., exercise 1, exercise 2, etc.).
At the beginning of each recording, Do is played as a reference point for pitch, and then one bar of metronome is played to give a tempo. If it’s more comfortable for you, feel free to pick a lower starting pitch for sight-singing and simply maintain the correct relative pitch of each note.