Solfege  Week 37  ( 9 sept. )


  • Standard of the week (Blue Bossa). 

Sing melody, bassline and guidetoneline and try to write it down. Transpose  to different tonalities. Check the line exercises of Blue Bossa. A good video about connecting and studying scales is this one by Mikko Hilden. Listen to Joe Henderson's version of Blue Bossa and try to write out the licks. Bobby Mcferrin sings bassnotes of standards. Sheetmusic is here. The chordsymbols in the sheetmusic are the changes from the playalong. This youtube video is about triad pairs as a solo device on 'Blue Bossa'. A harmonisation of Blue Bossa played by Dough Mckenzie from his great website Bushgrafts


  • Sing the chordscale drill on the 2 chord vamp and try to write it down beginning on a random note.
  • Do a couple of melodic dictations.
  • Taking chords apart is about hearing and singing the individual notes of a 3,4,5,6,7,8 note chordvoicing. Always sing from the lowest to the highest note and be aware of the function of each note in the voicing. Try to label them.
  • Longnotes are short melodic dictations of 3 notes on Dm7-G7-Cmaj7. First sing the bassnotes of the progression, then the melody notes, then notate the melody.
  • The file scales and numbers shows the formula of each scale. learn this by heart!
  • The file Target note training is an exercise for singing chordtones. Do this with major, minor, augmented and diminished triads.
  • Listen to David Berkman improvising around the melody of Body and Soul. It points out the importance of knowing and using the melody in your solo. 

Harmony and Theory  

Berklee: Harmony 1 workbook, Part 1, fundamentals / Artusi 'Fundamentals of music' (read textbook, work the problemset)

page 1 - 12,  Staff, clefs, leger lines, Accidentals, Scales (major and minor) (Harmony 1 Workbook)

page 1 - 15 (Study Supplement Harmony 1 & 2)




What is it that I'm hearing, how does it work and how can I use it?

What is 'musical analysis'?

Listening to music and discovering musical form in general using working models

Tips for how to listen to a piece of music:  audtitory analysis