System of sight‐singing more properly called ‘Old English Sol‐fa’, since it was universally used in Eng. from at least the early 17th cent. and its latest textbook appeared in 1879. It is a method of solmization applied to the normal staff notation; the first 3 notes of every major scale are called fa‐sol‐la, and so are the second 3 notes, the remaining note being called mi; the minor scale is read as if its notes were those of the relative major. In Amer. often called Fasola.