Return to do re mi fa so la ti do (thing)

The gamut; a [traditional] way to sing the [octave]. "[Do]" refers to [C], "[re]" to [D], etc.

The [syllable]s are derived from a Latin hymn:

Ut queant laxis resonare fibris
Mira gestorum famuli tuorum,
Solve polluti labii reatum,
Sancte Iohannes.

Translated by [dann]:

"Ut queant laxis" = "just as your servants"
"Resonare fibris" = "may sing freely"
"Mira gestorum"   = "of the miracles"
"Famuli tuorum"   = "of your works,"
"Solve poluti"    = "release the stains (of sin)"
"Labii reatum"    = "from their lips"
"Sancte Johannes" = "Saint John"

"Ut" has been "do" for a long time, but it's still the [gamut] and not the [gammado]. "Sol" is still common, but I don't know what happened to [si].

A more famous appearance of the gamut is in [The Sound of Music], with a song that goes something like:

[Doe], a deer, a female [deer]
[Ray], a drop of golden [sun]
[Me], a name I call myself
[Far], a long long way to run
[Sew], a [needle] pulling [thread]
[La], a note to follow So
[Tea], a drink with [jam and bread]
That will take us back to... (repeat)