Guidonian hand


Definition of Guidonian hand

: a medieval figure representing a left hand labeled on the joints and tips of the fingers with the names of the notes of the gamut (see gamut sense 1a) and used in teaching solfège

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First Known Use of Guidonian hand

1786, in the meaning defined above

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“Guidonian hand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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