How To Play Like Beegie Adair

Thank you so much Hayden! I like having the directed homework assignment and will start working on it right away.


@celia - there was a small error on the annotated chord chart.

Bar 6 and 22 was meant to be a B13 passing chord, not Bb13. I have corrected this and re-uploaded the PDF.


Wow. Thank you Celia. … listening to it now - Superb link shared by Hayden. :star_struck:

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Here is a electronic version of the chord changes for Beegie Adair’s “My Foolish Heart”:

We will be discussing the chord substitutions in detail in the seminar tomorrow.

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Thank You so much Hayden Beegie is an artist I listen to all the time. I plan to be there. Wish you would transcribe her arrangement of “Little Drummer Boy” for Christmas.

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Thanks to everyone who tuned into my seminar yesterday, it was a fun session.

Unfortunately I forgot to record a local version of the seminar on my desktop, and to make matters worse the live event suffered from an archive failure on Vimeo’s back-end which means that the recording is not currently showing. I reached out to them and they said:

Our engineering team is working on recovering the full archive for this event. As this is a manual process, this may take a bit of time, but we will reach back out to you as soon as we’re able to restore the full video.

If it isn’t restored by Monday I will record it again.

Apologies for anyone wanting to watch the replay over the weekend, and I will ensure either the original version, or a new version is added by end of play on Monday.


Hello Hayden
Yes, it was a great session - sorry you may have extra work to do by doing a new version… hope the engineers come through for you!
Look forward to more Beegie in another seminar?

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Thanks for the update Hayden. You had a lot on your plate that day. The seminar was over the top good! I continue to learn so much. Will look forward to seeing it sometime next week. I know we all appreciate your hard work.

Love everything Beegie!!!

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No problem at all - I can re-record it tomorrow morning.

The video still says “optimisation pending” which is usually finished after a few minutes of the stream finishing. I will re-record and then if the engineers can recover the original we will have 2 versions :grin: as I’m sure they will both be a little different.

Yes totally… we will continue to analyse her work.

Thanks @celia - I’m really glad you enjoyed it.

Yes I will re-record it tomorrow morning, I’m recording a new course at the moment so it’s no extra trouble.


Hi Beegie Adair fans :wave:

This seminar has been re-recorded and I’ve also added the chapters.

Enjoy and any questions with the material presented we can discuss here or directly in the seminar comment section.



Thanks so much Hayden. I really liked that you performed the song in its entirety at the end. Very helpful!

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Thank you Hayden… this is great!

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Great I’m glad the final performance was useful @celia :sunglasses:

One of the most important take-aways of the seminar is in the chapter “Tips For Transcribing & Absorbing Material” where we discuss applying the harmonic or melodic material that we have transcribed to situations in other tunes.

It can be very enjoyable to play through a transcription in its entirety, but don’t overlook the opportunity to truly absorb a particular element of the transcription by applying it in context of other tunes that we are playing.

After doing this many times, the voicing/reharm/substitution/fill/lick/line/ or whatever it may be, becomes part of our ‘musical vocabulary’ that we can then use freely either when playing spontaneously, or when arranging.

A precursor to this is taking the element around different keys which we did touch upon in the seminar with the F Minor bass line movement. In hindsight I should have included more examples and applications of this in the seminar. Noted for future seminars!

Thanks @donna1 - enjoy!

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We have another Beegie Adair Listening & Transcription session later this month which will take place on Wednesday 26th January.

Add to calendar and submit your questions on the seminar page here:

This will be the 4th seminar discussing Beegie Adair’s playing style and all of the seminar URLs, homework assignments, and guidance are documented in this thread for quick and easy reference.

January 2022 Session - “But Beautiful” - Beegie Adair

Here is the recording of “But Beautiful” that we will analyse and transcribe:

You can find the basic chord chart here that we will be working from:

As usual we will discuss and analyse Beegie’s voicings, reharmonisations, and breakdown the fills and decoration that she uses in the introduction, the turnarounds, and in the trio section.

“But Beautiful” - Performed by Tony Bennet & Bill Evans:

When learning a new tune it’s always a good idea to find a strong vocal version to use for inspiration. I haven’t learnt this tune before and so one of the first things I did was search on Spotify to find a nice vocal version.

My favourite vocal rendition of “But Beautiful” is sung by Tony Bennet:

I like to listen to the vocal version for a week or so to get a feel for the lyrics and how the placement of the melody can be pulled and pushed. The above recording also has the some lovely accompaniment by Bill Evans.

Seminar Preparation

  • Listen to the Beegie Adair recording and study her voicings and arrangement

  • Play through the chord chart to familiarise yourself with the harmony

  • Learn the lyrics and play along with the Tony Bennet version

  • Browse YouTube/Spotify for other recordings and create a playlist of the ones you like

  • Notate anything of interest on the lead sheet ready for discussion in the seminar

See you in the seminar!


Hey Beegie Adair fans,

This month’s listening and transcription seminar has been pushed back to Sunday 6th March.

Find below the PDF chord chart with Beegie’s reharmonisations in red, and also a transcription of the first 16 bars which we will cover in the seminar:

Here is the original recording:

Add the seminar to your calendar here:

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Here is the seminar page:

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Thanks Hayden! I am so glad you chose this song. I have been listening to it the last few days. It is beautiful. Looking forward to the seminar!

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Yes it’s a beautiful tune and arrangement @celia

It’s a little tricky to play and so I will present some simpler ways to voice the chords whilst still keeping the main flavours and colours that Beegie uses in her voicings.

Check out this video of Beegie Adair performing at a Steinway & Sons event.

The audio quality is harsh at times - it seems to have been filmed by someone in the crowd - but the video contains 6 tune performances some of which I have never heard Beegie play solo piano before:

  • Two For The Road & Days Of Wine & Roses Medley (start)
  • Have You Met Miss Jones (03:21)
  • Satin Doll (05:52)
  • Somebody To Watch Over Me (07:35)
  • Stardust (10:46)

Wow! So glad you found this…just beautiful! She was such a talent and will be sorely missed.


WOW! A thousand thanks. I love the arrangement of But Beautiful and often listen to Beegie’s rendition.

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