- Music. the set of syllables, do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, and ti, sung to the respective tones of the scale. All but do and ti are attributed to Guido d'Arezzo.
- the system of singing tones to these syllables.
- to use the sol-fa syllables in singing, or to sing these syllables.
- to sing to the sol-fa syllables, as a tune.
Origin of sol-fa
Examples from the Web for sol-fa
Historical Examples of sol-fa
First of all, sol-fa the melody a few times in a full mezzo-voce.Advice to Singers
Frederick James Crowest
In every difficulty as to key relationship the Sol-fa makes matters clear.
The boys can all read from the Sol-fa modulator, and Mr. Breden gives them ear-tests.
Here is a pun on 'wring' and 'ring'; and 'sol-fa' is used as an equivalent for 'sing.'Shakespeare and Music
Edward W. Naylor
They sing to la and sol-fa syllables scales gradually rising.
- short for tonic sol-fa
- US to use tonic sol-fa syllables in singing (a tune)
Word Origin for sol-fa
Word Origin and History for sol-fa
"syllables used in solmization taken collectively," 1540s, from Italian, from Medieval Latin sol and fa, two notes of the musical scale (see gamut). As a verb from 1560s; cf. solfeggio "use the sol-fa system" (1774), from Italian solfeggiare.