• A Breakdown Of The Sol-fa Notes Of Your Favorite Hymns

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    If you’ve always wanted to learn the sol-fa notes of your favorite hymns and how they can be played on the piano, this lesson is for you.

    One of the potent ways of mastering the melody of hymns is with the use of sol-fa notes. I can tell you that because it has helped musicians several centuries before now, it’s helping so many musicians at the moment, and I guarantee you that it will help musicians even in the next 1000 years.

    Before we go into the 9 hymns we’re learning in this lesson, let’s do a short study on the sol-fa system.

    A Short Note On The Sol-fa System

    The sol-fa system is a long-established notation that dates back to the 11th century. In the letter notation, notes are represented with Roman alphabets like:

    A B C D E F and G

    …while in the sol-fa notation system, notes are represented using sound syllables:

    Do Re Mi Fa Sol La and Ti

    There are two known approaches to the sol-fa system – the “fixed do” system and the “moveable do” system.

    The “Fixed Do” System

    In the “fixed do” system, every natural note on the piano has its syllable and C is always do.

    “Check It Out…”

    C:

    …is do.

    D:

    …is re.

    E:

    …is mi.

    F:

    …is fa.

    G:

    …is sol.

    A:

    …is la.

    B:

    …is ti.

    The “Moveable Do” System

    In the “moveable do” system, do is the first degree of the scale and varies from key to key. In the key of F major:

    F:

    …is do.

    G:

    …is re.

    A:

    …is mi, and so on.

    In the key of A major:

    A:

    …is do.

    B:

    …is re.

    C#:

    …is mi, and so on.

    A Breakdown Of Hymn Melodies Using Sol-fa Notes

    Let’s go ahead and break down the melody of your favorite hymn songs using solfa notes.

    Hymn #1 – Amazing Grace (In The Key Of G)

    In the key of G major:

    G is do

    A is re

    B is mi

    C is fa

    D is sol

    E is la

    F# is ti

    G is do

    Here you are with the sol-fa notes to the hymn Amazing Grace:

    A(sol) ma(do) zing(mi) grace(mi)! How(re) sweet(do) the(la) sound(sol)
    That(sol) saved(do) a(mi) wretch(mi) like(re) me(sol)!
    I(mi) once(sol) was(mi) lost(mi), but(re) now(do) am(la) found(sol);
    Was(sol) blind(do), but(mi) now(mi) I(re) see(do).

    “Check Out The First Line…”

    A:

    …ma:

    …zing:

    grace:

    how:

    sweet:

    the:

    sound:

    Hymn #2 – Holy, Holy, Holy (In The Key Of E)

    In the key of E major:

    E is do

    F# is re

    G# is mi

    A is fa

    B is sol

    C# is la

    D# is ti

    E is do

    Here you are with the sol-fa notes to the hymn Holy, Holy, Holy:

    Ho(do) ly(do), ho(mi) ly(mi), ho(sol) ly(sol)! Lord(la) God(la) Al(la) migh(sol) ty(mi)!
    Ear(sol) ly(sol) in(sol) the(sol) mor(do) ning(ti) our(sol) song(re) shall(sol) rise(la) to(sol) Thee(sol);
    Ho(do) ly(do), ho(mi) ly(mi), ho(sol) ly(sol), mer(la) ci(la) ful(la) and(la) migh(sol) ty(sol)!
    God(do) in(sol) three(sol) Per(la) sons(mi), ble(fa) ssèd(re) Tri(re) ni(do) ty(do)!

    “Check Out The First Line…”

    Ho:

    …ly:

    Ho:

    …ly:

    Ho:

    …ly:

    Lord:

    God:

    Al:

    …migh:

    …ty:

    Hymn #3 – How Great Thou Art (In The Key Of Bb)

    In the key of Bb major:

    Bb is do

    C is re

    D is mi

    Eb is fa

    F is sol

    G is la

    A is ti

    Bb is do

    Here you are with the sol-fa notes to the hymn How Great Thou Art:

    O(sol) Lord(sol) my(sol) God(mi)! When(sol) I(sol) in(sol) awe(la) some(la) won(fa) der(la)
    Con(la) si(la) der(la) all(sol) the(mi) works(sol) thy(sol) hand(fa) hath(fa) made(mi),
    I(sol) see(sol) the(sol) stars(mi), I(sol) hear(sol) the(sol) migh(la) ty(la) thun(fa) der(la),
    Thy(la) power(la) through(la) out(sol) the(mi) u(sol) ni(sol) verse(fa) dis(fa) played(mi);

    Refrain:
    Then(sol) sings(sol) my(do) soul(mi), my(re) Sa(do) viour(ti) God(do), to(la) Thee(sol),
    How(do) great(do) Thou(ti) art(re), how(fa) great(la) Thou(sol) art(mi)!
    Then(sol) sings(sol) my(do) soul(mi), my(re) Sa(do) viour(ti) God(do), to(la) Thee(sol),
    How(do) great(ti) Thou(do) art(re), how(mi) great(fa) Thou(ti) art(do)!

    “Check Out The First Line…”

    Oh:

    Lord:

    my:

    God:

    When:

    I:

    in:

    awe:

    …some:

    won:

    …der:

    Hymn #4 – Rock Of Ages (In The Key Of Eb)

    In the key of Eb major:

    Eb is do

    F is re

    G is mi

    Ab is fa

    Bb is sol

    C is la

    D is ti

    Eb is do

    Here you are with the sol-fa notes to the hymn Rock Of Ages:

    Rock(sol) of(la) A(sol) ges(mi), cleft(do) for(la) me(sol),
    Let(do) me(re) hide(mi) my(re) self(do) in(ti) Thee(do);
    Let(ti) the(do) wa(re) ter(re) and(ti) the(sol) blood(do),
    From(ti) Thy(do) woun(re) ded(re) side(ti) which(sol) flowed(do),
    Be(sol) of(sol) sin(sol) the(sol) dou(sol) ble(sol) cure(sol);
    Save(sol) from(sol) wrath(sol) and(sol) make(sol) me(sol) pure(sol).

    “Check Out The First Line…”

    Rock:

    of:

    a:

    …ges:

    cleft:

    for:

    me:

    Hymn #5 – Joyful, Joyful (In The Key Of Ab)

    In the key of Ab major:

    Ab is do

    Bb is re

    C is mi

    Db is fa

    Eb is sol

    F is la

    G is ti

    Ab is do

    Here you are with the sol-fa notes to the hymn Joyful, Joyful:

    Joy(mi) ful(mi), joy(fa) ful(sol), we(sol) a(fa) dore(mi) Thee(re), God(do) of(do) glo(re) ry(mi), Lord(mi) of(re) love(re);
    Hearts(mi) un(mi) fold(fa) like(sol) flowers(sol) be(fa) fore(mi) Thee(re), o(do) pening(do) to(re) the(mi) sun(re) a(do) bove(do).
    Melt(re) the(re) clouds(mi) of(do) sin(re) and(fa) sad(mi) ness(do); drive(re) the(fa) dark(mi) of(re) doubt(do) a(re) way(sol);
    Gi(mi) ver(mi) of(fa) im(sol) mor(sol) tal(fa) glad(mi) ness(re), fill(do) us(do) with(re) the(mi) light(re) of(do) day(do)!

    “Check Out The First Line…”

    Joy:

    …ful:

    joy:

    …ful:

    we:

    a:

    …dore:

    …thee:

    Lord:

    of:

    glo:

    …ry:

    Lord:

    of:

    love:

    Hymn #6 – It Is Well With My Soul (In The Key Of F)

    In the key of F major:

    F is do

    G is re

    A is mi

    Bb is fa

    C is sol

    D is la

    E is ti

    F is do

    Here you are with the sol-fa notes to the hymn It Is Well With My Soul:

    When(sol) peace(sol), like(fa) a(mi) ri(mi) ver(re), a(mi) tte(fa) en(la) deth(sol) my(fa) way(mi),
    When(sol) so(do) rrows(do) like(ti) sea(la) bi(sol) llows(fe) roll(sol);
    What(sol) e(do) ver(do) my(ti) lot(la), Thou(la) has(la) taught(re) me(re) to(do) say(ti),
    It(la) is(sol) well(do), it(do) is(do) well(do), with(ti) my(ti) soul(do).

    Refrain

    It(sol) is(sol) well(sol), with(re) my(fa) soul(mi),
    It(sol) is(sol) well(sol), with(re) my(fa) soul(mi),
    It(sol) is(sol) well(la), it(do) is(do) well(do), with(ti) my(ti) soul(do).

    “Check Out The First Line…”

    When:

    peace:

    like:

    a:

    ri:

    …ver:

    a:

    …tte:

    …en:

    …deth:

    my:

    way:

    Hymn #7 – The Old Rugged Cross (In The Key Of Bb)

    In the key of Bb major:

    Bb is do

    C is re

    D is mi

    Eb is fa

    F is sol

    G is la

    A is ti

    Bb is do

    Here you are with the sol-fa notes to the hymn The Old Rugged Cross:

    On(mi) a(fa) hill(sol) far(fe) a(la) way(sol) stood(sol) an(sol) old(la) ru(se) gged(ti) cross(la),
    The(la) em(ti) blem(la) of(sol) su(fa) ffering(sol) and(fa) shame(mi);
    And(mi) I(fa) love(sol) that(fe) old(la) cross(sol) where(sol) the(sol) dear(la) est(se) and(ti) best(la)
    For(la) a(la) world(ti) of(la) lost(sol) si(fa) nners(mi) was(re) slain(do).

    Refrain

    So(ti) I’ll(do) che(re) rish(re) the(re) old(re) ru(do) gged(ti) cross(do),
    Till(do) my(ti) tro(la) phies(la) at(la) last(do) I(ti) lay(la) down(sol);
    I(sol) will(do) cling(mi) to(mi) the(mi) old(mi) ru(fa) gged(mi) cross(la),
    And(fa) ex(fa) change(mi) it(re) some(do) day(ti) for(do) a(re) crown(do).

    “Check Out The First Line…”

    On:

    a:

    hill:

    far:

    a:

    …way:

    stood:

    an:

    old:

    ru:

    …gged:

    cross:

    Hymn #8 – Blessed Assurance (In The key Of D)

    In the key of D major:

    D is do

    E is re

    F# is mi

    G is fa

    A is sol

    B is la

    C# is ti

    D is do

    Here you are with the sol-fa notes to the hymn Blessed Assurance:

    Ble(mi) ssed(re) a(do) ssur(sol) ance(sol), Je(fa) sus(sol) is(la) mine(sol)!
    O(sol) what(mi) a(sol) fore(do) taste(ti) of(ti) glo(la) ry(sol) di(fe) vine(sol)!
    Heir(mi) of(re) sal(do) va(sol) tion(sol), pur(fa) chase(sol) of(la) God(sol),
    Born(do) of(re) His(mi) Spi(fa) rit(re), washed(do) in(re) His(ti) blood(do).

    Refrain

    This(sol) is(sol) my(sol) story(do), this(sol) is(la) my(la) song(sol),
    Prai(sol) sing(sol) my(sol) Sa(la) vior(do), all(ti) the(ti) day(la) long(ti);
    This(ti) is(do) my(re) sto(do) ry(sol), this(la) is(la) my(la) song(sol),
    Prai(do)sing(re) my(mi) Sa(fa)vior(re), all(do) the(re) day(ti) long(do).

    “Check Out The First Line…”

    Ble:

    …ssed:

    a:

    …ssu:

    …rance:

    Je:

    …sus:

    is:

    mine:

    Hymn #9 – What A Friend We Have In Jesus (In The Key Of F)

    In the key of F major:

    F is do

    G is re

    A is mi

    Bb is fa

    C is sol

    D is la

    E is ti

    F is do

    Here you are with the sol-fa notes to the hymn What A Friend We Have In Jesus:

    What(sol) a(sol) friend(la) we(sol) have(mi) in(do) Je(do) sus(la),
    all(sol) our(do) sins(mi) and(do) griefs(sol) to(mi) bear(re)!
    What(sol) a(sol) pri(la) vi(sol) lege(mi) to(do) ca(do) rry(la)
    e(sol) very(do) thing(mi) to(re) God(do) in(ti) prayer(do)!
    O(re) what(de) peace(re) we(mi) of(fa) ten(re) for(mi) feit(sol),
    O(la) what(la) need(sol) less(mi) pain(fa) we(mi) bear(re),
    all(sol) be(sol) cause(la) we(sol) do(mi) not(do) ca(do) rry(do)
    e(sol) very(do) thing(mi) to(re) God(do) in(ti) prayer(do).

    “Check Out The First Line…”

    What:

    a:

    friend:

    we:

    have:

    in:

    Je:

    …sus:

    Final Words

    I’ll see you in another lesson where we’ll be exploring harmonization techniques for these hymns.

    Thanks for your time and see you then.

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    Onyemachi "Onye" Chuku (aka - "Dr. Pokey") is a Nigerian musicologist, pianist, and author. Inspired by his role model (Jermaine Griggs) who has become his mentor, what he started off as teaching musicians in his Aba-Nigeria neighborhood in April 2005 eventually morphed into an international career that has helped hundreds of thousands of musicians all around the world. Onye lives in Dubai and is currently the Head of Education at HearandPlay Music Group and the music consultant of the Gospel Music Training Center, all in California, USA.

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    1 Barrie

    Very good for me as a beginner and someone who loves Gospel music

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    2 EFIOK

    it helps me a lot, but now i need cord combination of both classical music and contemporary music. i will be delighted if these can be sent to me via e-mail. once again thank you for the good work .

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    3 EFIOK

    it helps me a lot but i still need chord combination both on classical music and contemporary music. thank you for the good work.

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    4 Olasukanmi

    how can I gey tonic solfa of any song by my self. love this v.good 4 begginers

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    5 Adeola

    Pls I need the meaning of the following music separators:
    1 :-:
    2 :-
    3 :
    4 .
    5 ,

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    6 Juliet

    :-: means 2 nd half beat
    :- means 2 beat
    : means 1beat
    . means half beat
    , means quarter beat

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    7 Emmy

    Thank you, its so helpful

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    8 Ampurire Talent

    so far so good, i would like to have more sol-fa notations if possible

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    9 Godgift

    Thank s

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    10 Nicholas

    Thanks a lot

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    11 Boreh Isaiah

    Ver big thanks buddy.

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    12 Mbaski

    it very helpful

    I need all the chord combination of the 12 keys

    god bless you for the good work you are rendering to us

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    13 Músicas Aqui

    VERY good, amazing the way he teaches I loved the images and their teachings.

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    14 Geoffrey

    wow!!!..
    am a beginner in keyboards and i luv this…tnkx

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    15 Africa Linked

    thanks a lot, this is very helpful to we music lovers

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    16 Esther

    Wow,i l Luv dis,its really helping

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    17 worship

    Thank you, boss.

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    18 Ademola Gabriel

    wow!!! I love this. But i have an issue with the solfa notation of this song by Tiwa Savage.
    The title of the song is IFE WA GBONA. could you please help me with the solfa note of the song cos i want to play it in a wedding ceremony of my friend.

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    19 Davies Tosin

    Ti’s settle some of the question i’ve been unable to decipher on my own, You are appreciated.

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    20 Ejike Chikezie

    God bless the womb that bore you and the breast you sucked. Thanks for this man.

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    21 THEOPHILUS ARCHIBONG

    ITS WONDERFULL, NEED MORE OF IT.

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    22 Akintan Esther

    Wow!
    Good job
    Thank you so much, may God renew your strength..I’m expecting more.. More grace sir

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    23 Oluwasilas

    This is quite helpful and explanatory, with this I can break new grounds by the grace of God. Thanks for this insightful breakdown. Thumbs up.

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    24 Yahaya G.I

    Wow… Am blessed! Your writes-up has really helped me. Thanks and God bless.

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    25 Emmy sax

    Thanx a lot bro…I can start from here Now….

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    26 Derek

    I need the Sol fa notation of be glad in the Lord and rejoice hymn

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    27 Andrew December

    Wonderful and inspiring….. Continue your good work

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    28 Sammybest

    Could you please help me with the solfa note for the 1st stanza of ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’?

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    29 Timmy Say 🎷

    thanks a bunch need more of it sir.
    .

    more grace to wax high in Jesus name

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    30 Gofwan Nen

    Tanx alot for this.. It has really been of great help. Remain blessed

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    31 NONSO AGU

    I WILL LIKE MORE OF YOUR NOTATIONS AND PROGRESSIONS IN MY EMAIL

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    32 ben

    I appreciate mre grace

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    33 Chukwudi

    I must confess this has really been helpful and insightful. My aim is to play the keyboard so as to terrify the kindgom of darkness. JESUS SAVES.

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    34 Vera

    5 stars rating😜. It is really amazing. Thank you for the nice work..

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    35 Vera

    5 stars rating😜. It is really amazing. Thank you for the nice work..

    More Grace sir🙂

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    36 Adekemi

    I love you 😭😭😭this is amazing

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    37 Omotosho amos

    Please sir asin how can i get all the solfa note this is my line 08130376944 thanks

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    38 MINISTER VICTOR Sunday

    God bless you Boss

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    39 Sammy Kizzy

    God bless you Boss. the lord is your strength

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    40 Starr

    Please I need the breakdown of the solfa notes (do re mi fa ….) Of holy city
    Please I really need to learn d song
    Thanks

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    41 Valentine

    Thanks for your effort i really appriciate you so much.but please can i get those key note on saxophone.

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    42 Ibukun Ajayi

    Amazing work!!! Thank you for doing this, I would look more to be emailed if you have any more hymns. God bless

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    43 Omale friday

    May God bless u 4 this

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    44 James Emmanuel

    How to play praise and progression

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    45 Patience Akwa

    This is wonderful, nice job sir
    Pls I need the sol fa of the Holy Hill mass choir pls thank u

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    46 Boadi Appau Habakkuk

    God bless u

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    47 James opo

    it’s really help …
    I was stranded

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    48 Playthepianos

    Wow. Thanks for this idea, sir. I was really blessed.

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    49 Fortune

    Thanks
    That’s impressive

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    50 Edwin AMPONG Brefo

    God is good

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    51 John Dare

    Pls, I need help with fingring

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    52 kennedy

    Pls can I get the solofa of pefect

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    53 Andrew

    love it.
    it is very useful.and a lot helpful

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    54 Kingsley Chibuikem

    i love it

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    55 Samuel

    This is Beautiful
    I need more ohhh

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    56 worship

    Thank you, boss.

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