Scales: Number System or Solfege?


As we learned in the previous two lessons on scale structure, both the Number System and Solfege can be used to describe the very same musical stuff…

Do=1, Re=2, Mi=3, Fa=4, So=5, La =6, and Ti =7.

Which begs one to ask two questions:

  1. Why two systems and not just one?
  2. Which system should I learn?

And the answer is: You should learn both systems, for at least five reasons…

  1. Both systems are widely-used to describe, communicate, and analyze musical patterns such as scales, melodies, and chord progressions.
  2. Neither system is perfect. Each has its pros and cons, capabilities and limits.
  3. Both conventions will be used throughout the Piano-ology website as appropriate.
  4. The Number System will be be used to define chord structure (independent of tonality), as you will see when you study chords.
  5. Solfege will be used to analyze and do ear training for scales and melodies.

learn more… Solfege and the Notion of Keys