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tonic sol-fa

a system of singing characterized by emphasis upon tonality or key relationship, in which tones are indicated by the initial letters of the syllables of the sol-fa system rather than by conventional staff notation.
Origin of tonic sol-fa
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In tonic sol-fa all keys are equally available from the first.

    The Boy's Voice J. Spencer Curwen
  • "I had learned the tonic sol-fa notation by heart before I was twenty," he added.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • Then they all learned songs together from tonic sol-fa, singing in a circle round the fire.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • In the tonic sol-fa method great stress is laid upon the mental effect of each note of the scale, altogether apart from pitch.

    Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work Stephen Samuel Stratton
  • He was a firm friend of the tonic sol-fa system, and took the matriculation certificate.

    The Great Acceptance Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • He must enquire into his theoretical knowledge, if any, and ask if he has had a tonic sol-fa or any other systematic training.

    The Boy's Voice J. Spencer Curwen
  • The upper grade all held a tonic sol-fa certificate, and they received higher pay than the lower grade.

    The Boy's Voice J. Spencer Curwen
  • I pay great attention to 'mental effect,' and endeavour to let each boy or girl have a tonic sol-fa copy of the music.

    The Boy's Voice J. Spencer Curwen
  • Miss Demack teaches singing in the school and choir by ear only, and knows nothing of the tonic sol-fa system.

    The Boy's Voice J. Spencer Curwen
  • Dr. Creser was first led to use tonic sol-fa by noticing how easy it made the minor mode.

    The Boy's Voice J. Spencer Curwen
British Dictionary definitions for tonic sol-fa

tonic sol-fa

a method of teaching music, esp singing, used mainly in Britain, by which the syllables of a movable system of solmization are used as names for the notes of the major scale in any key. In this system sol is usually replaced by so as the name of the fifth degree See solmization
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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