If you haven’t read my introduction text to solmization ( do re mi fa … ) yet do so before you start out with this course.
To get the sounds of the relative note names into your head you need practice, practice and some more practice. I built this course to give you the chance do that here and now.
Practicing the relative note names takes a lot of mental capacity. Therefore, practice regularly but not more than 10-15 minutes at a time. You can practice alone, in a group or with a partner. Make it fun and enjoy the singing.
- Prepare yourself mentally and physically. Take one or two deep breaths and close your eyes for a second.
- Use a metronome and set it to a comfortable tempo ( for example 60 bpm ). If you don’t have a metronome just use this one.
- Pick a root note for do that lies within your range of singing. If you don’t know which note fits to you then listen to yourself talking normally. Generally, the tonal range you use for your speaking voice feels naturally and comfortably in singing. Just take a note that lies in the middle of it.
- Sometimes, it is necessary to sing do re mi fa sol la ti do up and down to load the pitches into your working memory.
- Try to sing each exercise through on the first try. If it is to fast reduce the tempo a bit.
- Sing each exercise once and then go to the next one. You can always come back to previous exercises later to rehearse it. In that way you slowly built a reference system for other exercises or real world situations.
- Have fun and try to practice on regular basis.
In my course I use just one line instead of five of a normal staff. In that way, you have to use the relative note names do determine pitch. Always, keep a reference in your ear and think one step ahead. The rhythm can be read normally.
As you can see above, I use abbreviations for the relative note names: do re mi fa sol la ti do → d r m f s l t d. It is no coincidence that every syllable begins on a different letter.
Now, lets get started!