- the syllables do (formerly ut), re, mi, fa, sol (or so), la, ti (or si), do (or ut), used to represent the tones of a scale, regardless of its key
- the use of these syllables, as in vocal exercises; solfeggio
Origin of sol-faItalian solfa from sol + fa: see gamut
intransitive verb-·faed′ , -·fa′ing
to sing (a scale, phrase, or song) to the sol-fa syllables
- The set of syllables do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, and ti, used to represent the tones of the scale.
- Use of these syllables.
intr. & tr.v.sol-faed, sol-fa·ing, sol-fas
To use the sol-fa syllables or sing using these syllables.
Origin of sol-faItalian solfa from Medieval Latin sol note of the scale ; see gamut . fa note of the scale ; see gamut .
- Alternative form of sol-fa.
- a method of sight singing music that uses the syllables do (originally ut), re, mi, fa, sol (so), la, and si (ti) to represent the pitches of the scale, most commonly the major scale. The fixed-do system uses do for C, and the movable-do system uses do for whatever key the melody uses (thus B is do if the piece is in the key of B).
From sol and fa, two of the sung syllables.