How To Play the "Heart and Soul" Melody on the Piano

Any dope can play "Heart and Soul." Now you can be one of them.

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You Will Need

  • A piano
  • And time to practice

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Start at F

    Use your pointer finger to hit the 2nd F key up from the middle C briskly three times, then hit it once more before moving down to play keys E, then D, then F three times, briskly. Then F once more, before bouncing down and playing keys E then D.

  2. Step 2

    Go back to G

    From D (only play D once), go all the way back up to G--playing each key along the way.

  3. Step 3

    Go to A

    From G, go up one key to A, hitting the A three times.

  4. Step 4

    Descend two notes

    Descend two notes; after hitting the A for the fourth time, play G, then F.

  5. Step 5

    Ascend to C

    As soon as you hit that starter key F again, ascend all the way to C. You should play the following keys on the way back up: G, A, B-flat, C.

  6. Since 'Heart and Soul' is in the key of F, every B that is played will be a flat note. A flat note is the black key to the left of the corresponding white key.

  7. Step 6

    Play F again

    After C, reach down and play F, the starter key, again. Then jump (play no keys!) up past the C key to play D; from there descend to the starter key of F again, playing each key on the way. Don’t forget that B flat!

  8. Step 7

    Practice

    Practice until you feel confident. Then grab a partner to play the bass part while you manage the melody. Voila! A duet.

  9. The original version of 'Heart and Soul' was introduced in the short film A Song is Born and went all the way to #1 on the charts in 1939.

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