How do you derive the tonic solfa of a song
when you hear it?
You might find yourself in a situation whereby
you have to play the notes of a song as an
interlude or intro or something. How do you
now produce the solfa notation of the song .
For starters, I want you to understand that
Rome was not built in a day. So you only get
better musically every day. You cannot just be
musically inclined in a day or a month. It takes
Let’s get started. If you follow these steps
carefully constantly, you would see a great
improvement in deriving musical notes on our
Start by getting the tonic solfa of some simple
songs(solfa notation of 10 common nigerian
praise and worship songs) that you know from
people around you. It could be your music
teacher, your friends, your choir master .
When you get the solfa of those songs , take
them home and sing them over and over again,
there is no limit to the number of times you
should sing them.
You need to sing them out loud, so you can
hear yourself very clearly. In other words I’m
saying you should memorize the tonic solfas.
If you do this, you are consciously taking steps
to train your ears to recognize musical notes
Join the choir.
Many of us want to learn to be
musically inclined without having to be in the
system of music. You need to immerse
yourself into music generally. The church choir
is a good place to really understand musical.
Most of the popular musicians we know today,
started from the church. If they didn’t start in
the church, you can be sure that they spent
some long period of time being the chorister in
In the choir, you would be opportune to do a lot
of musical exercises which includes ear
training, voice training. You would sing a lot of
solfas too. If you sing the notes wrong, you
would be corrected. You just need to be
Buy yourself a musical instrument.
someone who knows how to play to some
extent to show you how you can play the major
scale on that musical instrument.
When you can now play the major scale(d r m f
s l t d), now begin to play all those solfas you
already know on your musical instrument. As
you play them, sing along. Do it on a daily
basis. No pain No gain.
Now, you need to start doing some trial and
error. Pick a random song. A short one
Sing out the first syllable of the song and look
for the corresponding sound amongst the notes
of the major scale that you’ve learnt when you
have gotten it, sing out the next syllable and
look for the corresponding sound too.
Make sure you are writing them down .
Continue like that till you reach the end of the
song. You need to be sure that you are on the
same key with your musical instrument as you
are doing it.
When you are done, give our results to a
musically inclined person to go through it and
Try it again the next day, and the next and the
next. You would be getting better every day. Till
you finally become a professional.