Published on May 15, 2024

How to Play "My Baby Just Cares for Me" by Nina Simone | HDpiano (Part 1) Piano Tutorial

Step-by-Step Guide:

Step-by-Step Tutorial: How to Play "My Baby Just Cares for Me" by Nina Simone on Piano

Section 1: Introduction and Verse

  1. Start by setting up your piano and ensuring it's in tune.
  2. The key of the piece is A major with three sharps: F#, C#, G#.
  3. Begin by playing the chord A6 in first inversion repeatedly. The fingering for the scale is 1-2-3-1.
  4. Progress to the D position chord, followed by E sus4 in second position and B minor 7.
  5. Alternate between E sus4 and B minor 7 twice, then return to the A6 chord.
  6. Repeat this sequence three times with the right hand in different positions.
  7. On the fourth repetition, play the chords all the way down to the bass notes with the left hand, staying on the sixth chords throughout.
  8. Transition to B minor 7 root five root five, then to E11 chord (playing the 7, 1, 5, and 11 notes simultaneously).
  9. Hold the E11 chord for a few beats, then switch to a different chord by moving to C# and playing the third position.
  10. Move on to F# minor 7 in second position, then lower to D# to create a B9 chord.
  11. Play F# minor 7 chord with the added 11th note.
  12. Practice transitioning smoothly between these chords, paying attention to the bassline.

Section 2: Continuation of Verse and Chorus

  1. Continue playing the verse and chorus, following the chord progressions mentioned earlier.
  2. Remember to loop the hands in a memorable way to maintain the flow of the music.
  3. Practice the cluster chords on E and C# during the F# section for a smooth transition.
  4. Repeat the section slowly to ensure accuracy and fluidity in playing.


  1. Practice playing "My Baby Just Cares for Me" by Nina Simone on the piano, focusing on the chord progressions and transitions outlined in the tutorial.
  2. Experiment with the dynamics and tempo to capture the essence of the song.
  3. Enjoy playing and exploring different variations of the piece.
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By following these steps and practicing regularly, you'll be able to master playing "My Baby Just Cares for Me" on the piano like a pro.