If there is one hymn that is so common and well known in Nigeria, it should be the hymn, blessed assurance. It is being song in almost any kind of event that needs an hymn.
For a pianist, the best way of approaching this song is by playing the tonic solfa of the hymn on the right hand and then playing the chords on the left hand.
So if you don’t have the music note of the song or probably you don’t know how to read music notes, below is the tonic solfa of the hymn, blessed assurance.
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine [m r d s s, f s l s]
oh what a for state, of glory divine [s m s d t, t l s f s]
heir of salvation, purchase of God [m r d s s, f s l s]
Born of his Spirit, washed of His blood [d r m f r, d r t d]
Chorus: Tonic Solfa of Blessed Assurance
This is my story, this is my song [s s s d s, l l l s]
Praising my savior, all the day long [s m s l d, t d l t]
This is my story, this is my song [d d r d s, l l l s]
praising my savior, all the day long. [d r m f r, d r t d]
Perfect submission, perfect delight [m r d s s, f s l s]
Vision of raptures burst on my sight [s m s d t, t l s f s]
Angels descending, bring from above [m r d s s, f s l s]
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love [d r m f r, d r t d]
Perfect submission, all is at rest [m r d s s, f s l s]
I and my savior am happy and blessed [s m s d t, t l s f s]
watching and waiting, looking above [m r d s s, f s l s]
filled with his goodness, lost in his love [d r m f r, d r t d]
As you must have observed for a majority of hymns, all the verses has the same tonic solfa and therefore the same chord progression.
So just as the tonic solfa for verse 1 and 2 of this hymn is the same, it is equally the same for the other verses of the hymn (blessed assurance).
For your left hand, you can easily follow the progression 1 – 4 – 5, although there are some irregularities, sometimes added the Lah chord where it is needed could also make you sound like a pro.