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The Curwen Hand Signs

Used to sing and reinforce relative sol-fa.
Raise hand proportionately from the tone or semi-tone below.
Hands pictured as seen by the viewer.

Try scrolling up and down this page imitating the handsigns as you sing the major scale.
When that is easy try the chromatic scale!


Major Scale

Accidentals

do

fist , at forehead

ti

hand at eye level pointer up

ta(flat 7)

(hand at eye level pointer down)

la

relaxed hand hanging down from wrist, chin level

si(aug 5)

(open hand slanted up, palm to chest)

sol

palm towards chest

fi(aug 4)

(thumb up)


fa

thumb down

mi

flat hand horizontal

ri (aug 2nd) or ma (min 3)

(pointer up or down from flat hand, as appropriate)

re

flat hand, palm down, slanting upward

di

(lift wrist from do)

do

low "do" is a fist at belt hieght


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The Curwen Hand Signs for Sol-Fa
KSC Liaisons and Other Related Organizations -
About and By Kodály-the method and the man -
Teacher Resources -
Canadian Folk Songs -
Part Songs, Choral Music, Vocal Methods -
Games, Songs, Rhymes -
Publishers -
Dance and Movement Resources -
Choirs and Choral Resources -
Summer Institutes, Publications and Research -
Become a Member -
Internet Resources

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Mr. E's Virtual Music Classroom - an interactive music classroom being developed by Kit Eakle, a KSC board member who also maintains this site.
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