Tonic sol-fa
Tonic Ton"ic, n. [Cf. F. tonique, NL. tonicum.] 1. (Phon.) A tonic element or letter; a vowel or a diphthong. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mus.) The key tone, or first tone of any scale. [1913 Webster]

3. (Med.) A medicine that increases the strength, and gives vigor of action to the system. [1913 Webster]

{Tonic sol-fa} (Mus.), the name of the most popular among letter systems of notation (at least in England), based on key relationship, and hence called ``tonic.'' Instead of the five lines, clefs, signature, etc., of the usual notation, it employs letters and the syllables do, re, mi, etc., variously modified, with other simple signs of duration, of upper or lower octave, etc. See {Sol-fa}. [1913 Webster]


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  • tonic sol-fa — n. a system of musical notation based on the relationship between the tones of a key, using the syllables of solmization (do, re, mi, etc.) instead of the usual staff symbols: used in teaching singing …   English World dictionary

  • Tonic sol-fa — Solmisations Tafel in einem irischen Klassenzimmer Tonic sol fa ist der Name einer Lehrmethode für den Gesangsunterricht an Schulen, die ab 1842 von Reverend John Curwen propagiert wurde. Die auf dem Norwich sol fa der Erzieherin Sarah Glover… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Tonic sol-fa — This article is about the system of musical notation. For the musical group, see Tonic Sol fa (a cappella group). For other uses, see Sol fa (disambiguation). Solfege table in an Irish classroom Tonic sol fa (or Tonic sol fah) is a pedagogical… …   Wikipedia

  • tonic sol-fa — ▶ noun. See list. The Musical Scale in Tonic Sol Fa doh fah lah mi ray soh te * * * ˌtonic ˌsol ˈfa 7 [tonic sol fa] noun = ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • tonic sol-fa — ton′ic sol fa′ n. mad a system of solmization based on key relationships and marked by the use of sol fa syllables in place of conventional notation • Etymology: 1850–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • tonic sol-fa — noun Date: 1852 a system of solmization based on key relationships that replaces the normal notation with sol fa syllables or their initials …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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. [1850 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • tonic sol-fa — /tɒnɪk ˈsɒl fa/ (say tonik sol fah) noun → solfa (def. 1) …   Australian English dictionary

  • tonic sol-fa — noun a system of naming the notes of the scale used especially to teach singing, with doh as the keynote of all major keys and lah as the keynote of all minor keys. See solmization …   English new terms dictionary

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