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Solfege strategy song. Ultimately, I want students to ingrain functional solfege to the point that this is not necessary, but many still try to sing intervalically, which is challenging on large leaps. This helps direct them to a more useful strategy.

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When you're trying hard to sightread and see a leap
to a Fa, La, Ti, Mi, or a Re...
Well as long as you can always find So and Do,
You're never more than a third away.
You can try and sing big intervals that you see,
And if you're good at it, well that's okay.
But as long as you can always find So and Do,
You're never more than a third away.

So if you're leaping to "Mi," you can think "So Mi"
And if you're leaping to "La," you can think "So La"
And if you're leaping to "Ti," you can think "Do Ti" yeah...
as long as you've got So and Do, you'll go far!

So keep working on your intervals big and small
And try to practice them every day
But as long as you can always find So and Do,
You're never more than a third away.
Yeah, as long as you can always find So and Do, yeah...
You're never more than a third away.

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from The Well Trained Ear: songs to strengthen aural skills, released May 20, 2019
David Newman - Voice
Jacob Rozmajzl - Drums, Bass, Guitar

Background voices:
Anya Newman
Erin Newman
Kira Newman

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David Newman Harrisonburg, Virginia

Educational Songwriter, Classical Singer, Digital Creator and Innovator, Science Geek and Music Nerd.

Music Theory and Voice Faculty at James Madison University.

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