claves musicales

Music Notes in Spanish

In English, to name the music notes on the scale (not including sharps and flats), we use A B C D E F G. Once we reach G, it all starts over again at A…B…etc.

However, in Spanish, they don’t use the lettering system to identify the keys and notes of a song. They use solfeo, which in English may be seen as Solfège, solfedge, sol-fa, or solfa.

If you ever had a music class in elementary school or middle school, you’ll remember singing “Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do” forwards and backwards. Let’s admit, this was something ENGRAVED into our minds.  This was designed to help the person mentally hear the notes of a piece of music for the first time and to better remember the notes.

Spanish uses this same scale. Instead of using So and Ti, they say Sol and Si.

Musical scales are started at C (Do), It’s tempting to want to start it with A since it’s the first letter of the alphabet. This proves to be one reason why using el solfeo is better in the long run because you won’t have to think about the alphabet but instead you’ll think of where that note is played on the instrument. Down below are the corresponding notes and keys for each one in Spanish:

  • C - Do
  • D - Re
  • E - Mi
  • F - Fa
  • G - Sol
  • A - La
  • B - Si

Next are the names for the alterations, las alteraciones musicales.

Those are the notes between Do y Re, Re y Mi, Fa y Sol, and Sol y La

The flat symbol (b), is called bemol

The sharp symbol (#), called sostenido

Hopefully this helped you to get a basic understanding of how music works in Spanish and English. Any other questions, send me an inbox and I’ll be more than happy to help you!