Heart And Soul | Left Hand | Piano Jump Start
With Heart And Soul, the left hand doesn't just follow along with the C, F, and G chords like we've done with the other songs in this program. Instead, there is something much more melodic and interesting happening in that hand while the right hand plays through what would be the notes of the vocal melody.
Each note in the left hand will be played on a white key and always be two white keys apart from each other.
The first two left hand notes will be C played twice with finger three followed by E twice with finger one.
Move each finger down two keys to the notes A and C. Start by playing the note A two times with finger number three, followed by the note C twice with finger number one.
Repeating this same exact pattern - two notes down, one white key between them - will take us to the notes F and A. Play the note F twice with finger three, followed by A twice with finger one.
Lastly, move each note up just one key each to the notes G and B. Play each note two times.
Remember, we are going to eventually be playing this pattern in the left hand while the right hand plays something completely different so practice this as much as possible before moving on to the right hand.
Here is the entire left hand pattern with the correct fingerings.
Heart And Soul | Right Hand | Piano Jump Start
To play the notes of what would be the vocal melody for Heart And Soul we're going to start with our right hand on the keyboard in A position.
Start the melody by playing the note C three times with finger three.
Next play the note C once more, followed by the notes B with finger 2 and A with finger one. Then follow each finger straight up to the note D with your ring finger, finger four.
In terms of finger numbers, these last six notes would be three, two, one, two, three, four. Remember that finger number pattern. We're going to bring it up again in just a moment.
We now have to play this E three times. However, in order to move your hand into C position for the section that follows, first play E with your pinky, finger five, then with your ring finger, finger four, and then with your long finger, finger three. This will have moved your hand back into C position.
The next group of notes will follow the same order of finger numbers that we discussed just a bit earlier. The pattern that we did starting on the note C - three, two, one, two, three, four - will now be played starting on the note E.
Land on the note G with our pinky, finger five. After a short pause, play the note C with finger number one.
Move your entire hand up one white key each into D position and play a backwards five finger scale from the pinky on the note A straight down to the note D with the thumb.
Cross your pointer finger over your thumb to play the notes C, D, E, D, and C with fingers two, three, four, three, and two.
With your hand now in G position, play that same exact pattern of finger numbers but this time starting on the note A. End the melody by adding the note G at the very end with finger one.
Heart And Soul | Hands Together | Piano Jump Start
The best part about Heart And Soul is being able to play both hands at the same time. Start with each hand in A position. Although with the left hand we aren't thinking about its position as much as we're just following the pattern.
The first three notes of the right hand melody are three consecutive Cs each played with finger number three.
Start by playing the note C in the right hand together with the first C in the left hand. Play C again in the right hand this time together with the first E in the left hand. Then with your left hand over the notes A and C, play C once more this time with the first A in the left hand.
Finish the phrase with two Cs played alone in the left hand.
The next six notes in the right hand are going to align directly with each note in the left. Move the left hand over the notes F and A and start by playing the first F in the left hand by itself. Then play F again but this time with the note C in the right. Move to the note A in the left hand and play that with B in the right. Then play the note A in each hand with your thumbs.
The right hand notes continue to follow each finger straight up from B with finger two to D with finger four. Move your left hand over the notes G and B and play G in the left hand together with B in the right. Play G again in the left but now with C in the right. Then move to B in the left hand, finger one, and play that together with the note D in the right hand, finger four.
Finish this section by playing the note B by itself with finger one in the left hand.
The pattern for the next two lines in both the right hand and the left hand hand is exactly the same as the first two lines. But remember that when we play the three Es in the right hand to alternate between fingers five, four, and three so that we are then set up in C position for the part that follows.
The left hand will continue its pattern while the right hand plays the same pattern of finger numbers - three, two, one, two, three, four - but this time starting on the note E.
From here we start the left hand pattern again. Play C together with the note G in the right hand, finger five. Continue through the left hand pattern. Then play the note C with finger one in the right hand together with the first A in the left.
Play the note F by itself in the left hand while your right hand moves up into D position. This is followed by what could be thought of as a five finger scale from the note A with your pinky down to the note D with your thumb. Then play one more B by itself in the left hand.
The finger number pattern for the right hand melody in the second to last line is two, three, four, three, two, starting on the note C. Play each of these notes together with the first five notes in the left hand. Finish out the left hand pattern by playing the note A once more followed by two Cs with finger one.
Play that same exact finger number pattern this time in G position starting on the note A. Make sure to align each hand. Then play one more G in the left hand, followed by G in the right hand together with B in the left.
Finish the pattern by just playing the note B once more with finger one in the left hand.
Heart And Soul | Practice Video