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Where Did "Do Re Mi" Come From?

Ever wonder where "Do, Re, Mi" came from? It’s an interesting story that started roughly a thousand years ago! That's a long, long time ago.


An Italian monk named Guido was in charge of a choir at his abbey, and he was having a hard time helping other monks sing and learn new chants. Keep in mind that music wasn’t written down like it is today, and the only thing Guido could do was sing the melody over and over again until the monks remembered each one. So Guido had to find a more efficient way to teach these new melodic chants, which led him to name the notes of the scale that we know now. He used a chant that was one note higher than the ones before. It looked like this: Ut, Re, Mi, Fa, So, and La.


When he wanted to teach his monk choir a new chant, they would learn the notes using these syllables. It worked so wonderfully that him and his method became famous all over the country of Italy.


Over centuries now, Guido’s note system of the scale have evolved to what we know now as: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti


We also see this in the movie "The Sound of Music" by Rogers and Hammerstein. This system of naming tones, is what we call now as solfège, This helps musicians of all ages develop a sense of the relationships between notes in a scale.




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