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Let me begin by introducing Chromatic Solfege, a concept that helps us all make sense of things by ear.
It’s the good old Do Re Mi stuff, but now transposed to the new key, using only one syllable relative to the key instead of absolute note/pitch names (In F, Do = F = 1, In C Do = C = 1).
Every key is the same
Do = 1
Re = 2
Mi (Mee) = 3
Fa = 4
So = 5
La = 6
Ti (Tee) = 7
If you alter those with a sharp they become i (ee) sound (except for Mi and Ti) as in Do turns to Di = #1.
And if you alter them with a flat they become an e (as in epic) sound except for Re that becomes Ra = b2, Mi becomes Me = b3.
Here’s couple basic exercises to get you started (Play, Sing, Check):
EX1A Play the Low Root (Do), sing Re, then play it to check, back to Do, sing Mi, then play it…
EX1B Same but coming down from the High Do, so play Do, sing Ti, play Ti, play Do, sing La, play La…
EX2 Same as the first two but now using the entire Chromatic Scale (you can use Sharps while ascending and flats while descending for ex)