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Learn Hexachordal Solmisation

Read music with the eyes of an Ancient Musician

How did a Baroque Musician read Music?

How did a Renaissance Musician think about Music?

How did an Ancient Musicus Practicus feel Music?

Richardus Cochlearius using the Guidonian Hand

And how wonderful would it be if you had the same power?

Did you know that...

Guidonian Hand Cochlearius

Guidonian Hand (An invention attributed to Guido of Arezzo)

Did you know that there are actually only 6 musical notes?

Have you ever heard of Hexachords?

Did you know that the note B is a very recent invention?

In the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and up to the Baroque period, Musici Prattici read music in a very particular way, based on scales of only six sounds: Ut Re Mi Fa Sol La.

This very fascinating method began to fall out of use in the 18th century, until it was completely replaced by the modern methods of fixed Do and movable Do.

A proof of how widely used and established this method was is given by the enormous quantity of Guidonian hands depicted in various ways and sources.


How does Hexachordal Solmisation work?

Hexachordal solmization is a highly refined language based on a dual system: the 20 letters of the Great Scale, and the 6 syllables of the Hexachord.


The union and interaction between these two systems make it possible to navigate through the entire natural musical system, and this is what gives rise to the ancient names of the notes called both with syllables and with letters: C sol fa ut, D la sol re, E la mi, F fa ut, G sol re ut, A la mi re, B fa B mi.


Marinelli Hexachord Scale with Musical Notes

The union between the Great Scale and the Hexachord in G. C. Marinelli's "Via retta della voce corale" Bologna 1671

The image you see here on the left, which will accompany you throughout the fascinating journey of discovering Solmisation, represents the system of interaction between the 20 letters of the Great Scale and the 6 syllables of the Hexachord.


This magical system contains all the knowledge of Practical Music for the ancient musician: from melodies to counterpoint, modes, from Canto Figurato (Polyphony) to Plainchant!


Moreover, it is the same system represented in the Guidonian Hand!


In short, knowing Solmisation means having great magical power: all the knowledge and musical wisdom in the palm of your hand!


But how do you learn Solmisation?

Where do you begin?...

And most importantly, how do you navigate in this world so fascinating and yet mysterious?


Discover the plan I've laid out for you, and get ready to change your perspective on music forever!

Because once you grasp Solmization, you'll never see music the same way again, even if you tried!


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Discover the Plan and the Course Contents!

Stage 1 – The Great Scale

What is and how does the Great Scale work?

What are the Musical Proportions of Pythagoras' Monochord?

What do the 20 letters indicate?

What you learn

  • The Musical Proportions
  • The Great Scale
  • The 3 Parts of the voice

What's in this Stage

  • Video Lesson with the summary PDF.
  • Summary Video with the most important Elements to remember.
  • Questions PDF on the topic
  • Answers PDF to the questions to consolidate all the concepts
Great Scale of Hexachordal Solmisation

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Pythagoras and Hexachordal Solmisation

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Stage 2 - The Hexachord

How did the hymn to Saint John the Baptist change the history of music?

Where do the names Ut Re Mi Fa Sol La come from?

What is the magic behind the hexachord?

What you learn

  • The Hymn of St. John the Baptist
  • The Six Syllabes Ut Re Mi Fa Sol La
  • The Hexacord and how it works

What's in this Stage

  • Video Lesson with the summary PDF.
  • Summary Video with the most important Elements to remember.
  • Questions PDF on the topic
  • Answers PDF to the questions to consolidate all the concepts
Ut queant laxis s. john baptist Hexachordal Solmisation

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Explanation of the Hexachord Solmization

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Stage 3 - The union between the Great Scale and the Hexachord

What happens when we combine the magic of the hexachord with the solidity of the Great Scale?

How many note combinations do we obtain?

What does "A la mi re" mean? And "C sol fa ut"?

What you learn

  • How to merge The Great Scale and the Hexachord
  • The 3 types of Hexachord (Naturla, Hard, and Soft) and how they work
  • The meaning of the ancient names of the notes like A la mi re, and C sol fa ut

What's in this Stage

  • Video Lesson with the summary PDF.
  • Summary Video with the most important Elements to remember.
  • Questions PDF on the topic
  • Answers PDF to the questions to consolidate all the concepts
A la mi re or Alamire Hexachordal Solmisation

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Solmization Scale Hexachordal Solmisation

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Stage 4 - The Guidonian Hand

How to easily remember the Great Scale, to always have it at hand?

How does the Guidonian Hand work?

How to use the Guidonian Hand to learn how to sing?

What you learn

  • How the Guidonian Hand works
  • How to read and sing musica with the Guidonian Hand
  • How to draw your own Guidonian Hand

What's in this Stage

  • Video Lesson with the summary PDF.
  • Summary Video with the most important Elements to remember.
  • Questions PDF on the topic
  • Answers PDF to the questions to consolidate all the concepts
Guidonian Hand Hexachordal Solmization

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Hexachordal Solmisation

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Hexachordal Solmisation

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Stage 5 - Clefs and Staffs

How many musical clefs are there?

Why are they called C sol fa ut, F fa ut, and G sol re ut?

Where are they located on the Great Scale?

What you learn

  • The Musical Clef and how they work in Solmisation
  • The Ancient names of the Clefs
  • The Clefs of all the Voices (from violins to Contrabassi) and in B hard a B soft

What's in this Stage

  • Video Lesson with the summary PDF.
  • Summary Video with the most important Elements to remember.
  • Questions PDF on the topic
  • Answers PDF to the questions to consolidate all the concepts
Music Tenor Clef Hexachordal Solmization

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Soprano Clef Hexachordal Solmisation

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Stage 6 - Mutation Rules in B hard (B durus)

Which Hexachords should be used when the nature of the song is B hard (B durus)?

How to perform Mutation, that is, how to switch from one hexachord to another?

How to read an entire melody written in B Hard?

What you learn

  • The Rules to do Mutations in B Hard
  • The Techniques to read Scales with Solmisations
  • How the DEA rule works

What's in this Stage

  • Video Lesson with the summary PDF.
  • Summary Video with the most important Elements to remember.
  • Questions PDF on the topic
  • Answers PDF to the questions to consolidate all the concepts
  • Exercises PDF to practice
  • Solutions PDF to verify on your own and assess your proficiency
Ascending Hexachord Mutation Hexachordal Solmisation

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Rules for mutation Hexachordal Solmization

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Mutation Hexercise Hexachordal Solmisation

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Stage 7 - Mutation Rules in B hard, Leaping Melodies

How to read a melody with leaps in Solmisation?

Why does the interval of a fifth exist from Fa to Fa?

Why is the octave in Solmisation called Re La?

What you learn

  • How to read Leaps in Solmisation
  • The correct name of special intervals such as the fifth Fa-Fa and the Octave Re La!
  • And the Fifth Mi-Mi and the Octave Ut Fa!

What's in this Stage

  • Video Lesson with the summary PDF.
  • Summary Video with the most important Elements to remember.
  • Questions PDF on the topic
  • Answers PDF to the questions to consolidate all the concepts
  • Exercises PDF to practice
  • Solutions PDF to verify on your own and assess your proficiency
Melody with Mutations Hexachordal Solmisation

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Mutation with leaps Hexachordal Solmization

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Exercises Hexachordal Solmization

Guided Exercises

Stage 8 - Fa super La, Chromaticism and Custos

What does the rhyme "Una nota super la semper est canendum Fa" mean, and what is a Fa super La?

What is chromaticism? And how does it work?

Why is the Custos not actually needed to indicate the first note of the next staff? What's its true meaning?

What you learn

  • The Fa super La and how to use it
  • The secret of Chromaticism
  • The real property and meaning of the Custos

What's in this Stage

  • Video Lesson with the summary PDF.
  • Summary Video with the most important Elements to remember.
  • Questions PDF on the topic
  • Answers PDF to the questions to consolidate all the concepts
  • Exercises PDF to practice
  • Solutions PDF to verify on your own and assess your proficiency
Semitone Hexachordal Solmisation

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Chromaticism Hexachordal Solmization

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Fa super La exercisea Hexachordal Solmisation

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Stage 9 - Exercitation in B hard

How to put Solmisation into practice?

What is the best way to read and sing a Bicinium?

What principles, rules, and tips do you need for solmizing when the nature of the song is B hard?


Let's practice!

In this stage, you will practice like an authentic Renaissance Musicus by reading original books!

The 15 Solmize-Along videos will help you learn simply by listening and repeating!

What you learn

  • To read an authentic Music Page in Solmisation
  • How to best approach an Early Music page
  • To consolidate your skills with the 15 Solmize-Along Videos

What's in this Stage

  • Video Lesson with the summary PDF
  • Summary Video with the most important Elements to remember
  • Exercises PDF to practice
  • Solutions PDF to verify on your own and assess your proficiency
Kyrie counterpoint Hexachordal Solmisation

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Mass Hexachordal Solmization

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Bicinium Hexachordal Solmization

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Bicinia Hexachordal Solmisation

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Stage 10 - Mutation Rules in B soft (B mollis)

Which Hexachords should be used when the nature of the song is Bsoft (B mollis)?

How to perform Mutation, that is, how to switch from one hexachord to another?

How to read leaps in B soft?

What you learn

  • The Rules to do Mutation in B soft
  • The GAD Rule and how it works
  • How to read Leaps in a B soft melody

What's in this Stage

  • Video Lesson with the summary PDF.
  • Summary Video with the most important Elements to remember.
  • Questions PDF on the topic
  • Answers PDF to the questions to consolidate all the concepts
  • Exercises PDF to practice
  • Solutions PDF to verify on your own and assess your proficiency
Descending Mutation Hexachordal Solmisation

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Descending Mutation Hexachordal Solmization

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Mutation B soft exercises Hexachordal Solmization

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Stage 11 - Exercitation in B soft

How to put Solmisation into practice when the nature of the song is B soft?

What is the best way to read and sing a Bicinium in B soft?

What principles, rules, and tips do you need for solmizing a Kyrie in B soft?


Let's practice!

In this stage (in the same way you did in Stage 9), you will practice like an authentic Renaissance Musicus by reading original books!

The 15 Solmize-Along videos will help you learn simply by listening and repeating!

What you learn

  • To read an authentic Music Page in Solmisation
  • How to best approach an Early Music page
  • To consolidate your skills with the 15 Solmize-Along Videos

What's in this Stage

  • Video Lesson with the summary PDF.
  • Summary Video with the most important Elements to remember.
  • Exercises PDF to practice
  • Solutions PDF to verify on your own and assess your proficiency
Palestrina Motet Hexachordal Solmisation

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Palestrin Motet Hexachordal Solmization

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Eustachio Romani bicinium Hexachordal Solmisation

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Eustachio Romano bicinium Hexachordal Solmization

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Stage 12 - Complementary Clefs

What are Complementary Clefs and how do they work?

How to use the magical power of complementary clefs to change the nature of the song from B hard to B soft?

How does knowing complementary clefs help you become even better?

What you learn

  • Learn Complementari Clefs
  • Learn how to use a B hard clef to change the nature of the chant
  • Learn what clefs read with the same sillables

What's in this Stage

  • Video Lesson with the summary PDF.
  • Summary Video with the most important Elements to remember.
  • Questions PDF on the topic
  • Answers PDF to the questions to consolidate all the concepts
  • Exercises PDF to practice
  • Solutions PDF to verify on your own and assess your proficiency
Complementary clefs Hexachordal Solmisation

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Complementary clefs Hexachordal Solmization

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Stage 13 - Musica Ficta

What is Musica Ficta? And how does it work?

How to solmize a melody with 2 sharps or 2 flats (in the 17th century it was now practical to use accidentals)?

How to bring a melody with three, four, five, six sharps back to the nature of B hard or B soft?

You will learn all of that in this lesson!

What you learn

  • How Musica Ficta works
  • How to read Music in Solmisation with several flats and sharps
  • How to use Complementary clef to easily read musica Ficta

What's in this Stage

  • Video Lesson with the summary PDF.
  • Summary Video with the most important Elements to remember.
  • Questions PDF on the topic
  • Answers PDF to the questions to consolidate all the concepts
  • Exercises PDF to practice
  • Solutions PDF to verify on your own and assess your proficiency
Musica Ficta Hexachordal Solmisation

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Musica Ficta Hexachordal Solmization

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