I'm looking into some rythm and ear training alternatives. I've seen solfege mentioned before (by VB?) several times. Other than a general familiarity with it, the "Sound of Music" is basically all I've got, and the description on Wikipedia . . . So I have a few questions: 1. For someone first starting out, would you have them actually write do-ray-mi on the music after determining the intervals, and gradually move to instant interval recovnition? 2. Do you just figure the key signature, and assign the first note in the key signature as do? So if it's G major, G is do regardles of where the G appears in the range of the tune? 3. I mention writing them in first just to aid the process - as rhythm training is sorely needed, while ear training - is also needed, pauses to think about interval - in my mind would mess that up, so I am thinking, go through, write in the syllable, and then go back with a metronome and sing it through. I've done similar with troubling rythms (maybe why I still have trouble?) writing 1 + a 2 + a . . . over the music to help me get it right wall playing. But, I am thinking that singing is going to be a better approach - it will help both rythm and ear . . . I hope!