Introduction to Solfege

Introduction to Solfege: Virtual Solfege

Virtual Keyboard

For students interested in auditioning for NWSA, please use the Virtual Solfege link above to practice singing the solfege scale ascending and descending. Also, please memorize the hand signs for the solfege scale and be able to sing on solfege while simultaneously demonstrating the hand signs. (Tip: You can click on the hand sign and it will play the sound for you.)

For current NWSA students, you can use this to practice your songs on solfege. Be sure to change the key to match the one in the song you are practicing. Also, be careful of the accidentals.

Using the Virtual Music Tools:

  • Roll over the keys of the Virtual Keyboard or the hand signs of the Virtual Solfege to see each note name.
  • Click on a key or hand sign to sound it. If you play a single note, it will hold for a few seconds and stop naturally. If you play two notes, the first note will stop when you play the second one. If you want to stop sounds sooner, click on the Stop Sounds button.
  • To play chords, i.e., to hear more than one note sound at a time, hold down the space bar on your computer.
  • To change the key of the Virtual Solfege, click on the left arrow (flat direction) or the right arrow (sharp direction).

Virtual Solfege: Solfege is a centuries-old system for teaching and understanding music. The solfege system assigns a syllable and a sign to each note of the scale. Each of these notes has a function in the scale and a relationship to all of the other notes; for example, DO is the home tone, SOL is the dominant note of the scale, DI is the sharp of DO, TE is the flat of TI, etc. The center column of the solfege chart contains the notes of the major scale; the right column contains sharps, and the left column contains flats. The right and left arrow buttons transpose the Virtual Solfege to each of 12 keys; DO is C in the Key of C Major, DO is Ab in the Key of Ab Major, etc.