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.
You will need
- A piano
- And time to practice
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.
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.
Step 3 Go to A From G, go up one key to A, hitting the A three times.
Step 4 Descend two notes Descend two notes; after hitting the A for the fourth time, play G, then F.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.