My Foolish Heart Tutorial

My Foolish Heart Tutorial 

My Foolish Heart is a delightful jazz piano ballad composed by Victor Young. Published in 1949, the most famous version of My Foolish Heart is undoubtedly the Bill Evans trio version – definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already!

The tune is most commonly played in Bb Major, however you will find it in some other keys. Bill Evans played it in A major so this is a common key for transcriptions of the tune. The lyrical melody and interesting changes make My Foolish Heart a favourite amongst cocktail jazz musicians.

This standard contains a number of major and minor 251s which is great practise for playing these common progressions in context of a jazz standard. The melody in the A section contains a lot of arpeggiated eight notes and climbs gradually within the octave. This contrasts with the B section which moves mostly in steps and stays within a close range of the keyboard.

Score, Transcription & Midi File

To download a .pdf copy of the chord changes and full transcription… head over to the Transcription Library on the Pro Member dashboard . A midi file is also available to run through your favourite midi programs.

  • Kram

    Thanks for these awesome lessons of yours ! Oh and I love your perfect british accent 🙂

  • Eric Howard

    Awesome introduction to your course, Hayden. I’m 2 months into my pro membership and still using this introductory free lesson on Foolish Heart to apply some of the theory I’m learning from the course so far. It’s a terrific lead in to the course in general. Great stuff mate.

    • Hayden

      Thanks Eric… that’s great to hear.

      You will always be adding to the tunes you know. That is the beauty of learning jazz… it’s never ending.

      I love it when I come back to a tune after a few months or so and I apply all of the new stuff I have been working on.

      All the best mate,