85 Best Tonic Solfa of Worship Songs — 2024

Tonic Solfa of 85 Nigerian Worship Songs and PDF for You

9 min readDec 11, 2020

What you will get in this post:

As an introduction, this post contains the correct and complete Tonic Solfa of popular worship songs. As an addition, there is a pdf which contains even more Tonic Solfas. Enjoy!

Tonic Solfa of Immortal Invisible God Only Wise

But before I give the tonic solfa, I am happy to let you know that I have finally written some tonic solfa PDFs just for you. In the first one, I wrote down the tonic solfas of 85 popular praise and worship songs, and included practical lessons on how to find the key, tonic solfa and chord progression of any song by yourself. The good news is that you are lucky because it is only for a token of 1,200 Naira.

The other pdf has the tonic solfas of 100 popular gospel hymns in both English and Yoruba languages, and it goes for 800 Naira. However if you want to buy the two, I can give them to you for 1500 Naira instead of 2000, which is a good discount.

These PDFs will tremendously improve the way you play any instrument, in a short time. Other people who bought theirs, returned to my DM to thank me because they were blessed by the materials. I would advise you not to lose this golden chance. It is your time to shine.

If you are interested in buying any of it, send me a DM via WhatsApp on +2349031821332. If you buy, you will receive over 20 piano tutorial videos and extra music PDFs for free, as a bonus. What are you waiting for? Send a message now.

See Also >>> Tonic Solfa of Happy Birthday to You

What is Tonic Solfa?

Tonic Solfa (or relative solfa) is a musical system of representing the notes in a key with simple English syllables. In this case, musical scales are not named by letters, but rather, by syllables, which in most cases consist of only two letters — a consonant and a vowel. The consonant always comes before the vowel. On variations, these could also be represented with the first letter of the syllable — the consonant letter only. That is to say, the system focuses on the pronunciation of each syllable, associating them with the sound of each notes. This is to aid quick learning of music. This will be more detailed later in this post.

According to History and research, it was collected that Sarah Ann Clover discovered this system of naming notes with Tonic Solfa. Then John Curwen, an English man, who was also the Son of a congregational Minister, developed the new method that was adapted from Sarah Ann.

The use of Tonic Solfa has proved to be immensely useful in music over many centuries, thanks to the genius of many music scholars who contributed to its development. Although the Tonic solfa system or Solfa Notation system (or simply Solfa system) has proved to be most useful for Singers since they have to articulate diverse combinations of vowels and consonants, many instrumentalists, particularly western, see it as an archaic method of learning music. They recommend using sheet music. But that is not the case because many musicians even use the Tonic Solfa to teach sheet music.

In standard music, there are seven notes in the major scale of any key. These notes are named with alphabets — accidentals are added to the rest. For example, in the key of C major, the notes are: C, D, E, F, G, A B. In Solfa notation, these are changed to Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti. As mentioned above, we can see that the names are a combination of a consonant and a vowel letter. Also, due to the variations talked about, we can represent Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti with D, R, M, F, S, L, T. In music, they are written in small letters. The same names go with any key, be it major or minor!

Concerning the accidentals part, we could have (Db)Dflat, (Eb)Eflat, (Gb)Gflat, (Ab)Aflat, (Bb)Bflat, for instance. They are the most popular accidentals in music — The accidentals in Key C major. In Tonic Solfa of these notes are named Di, Ri, Fi, Si, Li when ascending up the scale. While the names of the accidental notes are Te, Le, Se, Me(pronounced as “May”), Ra in descending order. So together we have:
do, di, re, ri, mi, fa, fi, so, si, la, li, to do — ascending order.
do, ti, te, la, le, so, se, fa, mi, me, re, ra, do — descending order.
It looks more like an informal way of learn music. This style is very common in Africa.

How do you know which octave to play if a song is written in Tonic Solfas?

It is very easy to do this. First of all, relative Solfa has just a little difference when compared to the standard system. It follows the same principles — key signature, time signature, dotted notes et cetera. But for you to know that a phrase in a song should be sung in a higher or lower octave/pitch than the present, then we make use of the (‘) symbol after the note — the apostrophe symbol.

This means that a composer or transcriptor has to be conscientious when doing his work by considering the range of the piece, and deciding whether to start with a (‘) or not. In higher octaves, another “apostrophe” may be added. The higher the octave, the more the “apostrophe”; the lower the octave, the less the “apostrophe”.

It is safest to calculate the range and start transcribing or scoring on a middle pitch.
As mentioned earlier, in this post, you will be given the Tonic Solfa of worship songs for free. The aim of this is to equip you musically. How?

Benefits of using the Tonic Solfa System

- It helps to make you familiar with the tunes of songs.
- It helps some people understand music better.
- It is a fun way to learn music.
- It is very simple.
- It becomes easier to play by ear by learning this method.
All these and many more are the advantages you get from learning Tonic Solfas. So it means that if you get the pdf and/of Tonic Solfa of worship songs in this post, and you consistently practise it, you also get to gain the skill to score any song without the presence of any musical instrument. It was through this method I learnt how to play by ear.

But I must warn you by virtue of my experience, that this method of learning breeds laziness. So you have to put in some discipline if at all you want to grow musically.

The songs I will be transcribing are popular songs: there is no need to add the time and key signatures since we already know how to sing them.

The Tonic Solfas of Worship Songs

1. Tonic Solfa of Yeshua Hamashiach

Yeshua Hamashiach
m’ l’ l’ t’ l’ s’ m’
Lion of Judah
t’ t’ l’ s’ m’
m’ m’ r’ d’ l
Yeshua Hamashiach
l r’ r’ m’ r’ d’ t
Lion of Judah
m’ m’ r’ d’ t
r’ r’ d’ t l

2. Tonic Solfa of I look to Yahweh- Tonic solfa of Worship songs

m' m' r’ d' l, f' m' r’

My hope is Yahweh, Yahweh eh

m' m' r’ d' l, f' m' r’

I look to Yahweh, Yahweh eh

m' m' r’ d' l, f' m' r’

Forever Yahweh, Yahweh eh

m' m' r’ d' l, f' m' r’

3. Tonic solfa of My daddy My daddy

My daddy, my daddy
s l l s l l
Your baby is singing
s l l s l l
I will be singing and dancing and shouting
d’ d’ d’ d’ m m m r m m r
For the rest of eternity.
d d m r d m m r

4. Tonic Solfa of I love You now

I love You now
d’ d’ m’ m’
I love You tomorrow
d’ f’ m’ r’ m’ r’
I love You forever
r’ m’ r’ d’ r’ d’
I love You Lord
l l d’ d’

5. Tonic Solfa of Eze You are worthy of my praise

Eze, You are worthy of my praise
s’ m’ m’ s’ f’ m’ r’ d’ m’
Oh oh oh oh
d’ r’ f’ m’
You are worthy of my praise
m’ s’ f’ m’ r’ t d’

6. Tonic solfa of Jesu my Love

Jesu, Jesu my love

s m, s m r m

I want to make you smile

m s m s m d

I want to bless your heart

m s m s m r

Jesu, Jesu my love

s m, s m r m

I want to wipe your tears

m s m s m d

I want to make you proud

m s m s m r

7. Tonic solfa of You are the covenant keeping God

You are the covenant keeping God

l l l l l l t d’ d’

Yahweh, the covenant keeping God

f’ m’, d’ m’ m’ r’ d’ r’

8. Tonic solfa of Kadosh Kadosh

You reign, You ancient Zion’s King

l’ l’, l’ l’ l’ l’ s’ m’

Kadosh, Kadosh

s’ s’, m’ r’

You are mighty on Your throne

r’ d’ r’ m’ r’ d’ l

9. Tonic solfa of You are God from beginning to the end

You are God from beginning to the end

s s d’ d’ r’ m’ s d’ t l

There’s no place for argument

f’ f’ f’ f’ m’ r’ d’

You are God all by Yourself.

d’ d’ d’ t l t d’

10. Tonic solfa of You are Yahweh eh eh eh

You are Yahweh eh eh eh

s’ s’ d’’ t’ l’ t’ d’

You are Yahweh

l’ l’ s’ f’ s’ s’

You are Yahweh eh eh eh

s’ s’ d’’ t’ l’ t’ d’

You are Yahweh

l’ l’ s’ f’ s’ s’

You are Yahweh, Alpha and Omega

m’ m’ s’ r’, m’ d’ l d’ f’ m’

You are Yahweh, Alpha and Omega

m’ m’ s’ r’, m’ d’ l m’ r’ d’

So that is it, friends — the Tonic Solfa of worship songs.

Do you want many more solfas? If you want…

Remember I told you about a pdf? Yes! There is a pdf that has over 80 correct and complete Tonic Solfa of worship songs. And in this pdf, you will also get these for free:

How to find:
- The key of any song
- The Tonic Solfa of any song
- The Chord Progression of any song

Besides these, all Piano learners will get a compendium of over 20 piano tutorial videos to help you improve your music skills immensely.

It costs just 1,000 Naira.

If you want to buy yours, contact me via Whatsapp on 09031821332.

So, friends. It was a journey worthwhile. Do the needful. Practise your Solfas religiously. Do what you think can make you improve.





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