Learn Music Theory From Scratch- Read, Play & Write Music

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Чему вы научились?
Learn to read the treble and bass clefs.
Learn to recognise and write different note lengths.
Be able to transpose music.
Work out any scales - major and minor - using a foolproof formula.
Write music using bars, key and time signatures.
Understand how to decorate music using dynamics, articulation, and ornaments.
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Have you ever wanted to read and write music?

Is there an instrument that you've always wanted to play?

Do you love to create music but need more training?

Have you tried learning music theory but found it boring, difficult, and irrelevant?

If you want to play an instrument, if you want to compose every tune that pops into your head, if you just want to learn music theory that's interesting and useful, then this course is for you.

Learn the simple and straightforward secrets of how to get a basic grip on reading music in just a few days.

The simple steps in this course have been tried and tested over seven years of one-to-one teaching with hundreds of students ranging from 4 to 70 years old.

This course will take you step-by-step through beginner music theory. I have included musical examples throughout so that you can see and hear the results of what I'm teaching.

No previous musical training is required. You don't need a piano. You can be any age and any standard on your instrument: you don't need to be a 5 year old musical prodigy!

NEW! Now includes aural and composition tests. Learn to train your ear and compose amazing music.

About this course:

  • More than 600 very happy students
  • No previous musical training is required
  • Completely free lifetime access
  • All new lectures and tests are always included for free
  • Multiple 5 Star Reviews from students who are VERY pleased
  • 30 day money-back guarantee - that's how confident I am that you'll love my course!
  • Now includes a mock test for Grade 2 ABRSM. The course is therefore perfect preparation for this internationally recognised musical qualification


  • Read and write every musical note
  • Compose your very own music
  • Find out how to play every single scale you can imagine using my very own formula
  • Rewrite any music to suit your own instrument
  • Spice up your compositions by using dynamics, articulation, and ornaments

Today, you can start to make, read and write music, easily, with no previous experience and without having to be the next Mozart apparent!

Liam Hindson

Welcome To My Course!

My name is Liam Hindson. I am the founder and owner of the music service Teach Tutti that offers lessons on all instruments in person and online.

This course is aimed at people that want to learn how to read and write music with no prior experience.

In this course, I will discuss:

  • How to use a stave to write music
  • Which clef you need to use for your instrument (focussing on the treble and bass clef)
  • The different note names and rhymes to help you remember their placement on the stave
  • The use of ledger lines when a note is so high or low that it can't fit on the stave
  • How to change the length of a note and include silences in the music
  • The rules of writing music, focussing on bars, time signatures, meter, and note groupings
  • What sharps and flats are and how these accidentals increase the pitch range of your instrument
  • What a tone is and what a semitone is
  • The formula to working out the notes belonging to any scale, major and minor
  • All the key signatures that you can use in music
  • How you can use an understanding of intervals to transpose the music for any instrument
  • How to decorate the music using dynamics, articulation, ornaments, and tempo markings
  • Using structural markings to shorten the length of the music
  • What I recommend you do to cement your understanding of what is covered
Help Me To Help You

I thought it was important to include this document so that you know what we won't be discussing in the course. This includes advanced music theory and the musical qualities of the different music genres.

Get In Touch

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions. I will aim to answer any questions within a few hours of them being posted.

If it takes longer for me to reply, it may for reasons including that I'm asleep! If that's the case, I'll reply as soon as I can.

Stave/Staff - The Paper For Your Pen (Metaphorically!)

A stave/staff is five vertical lines of the same length. You place notes on these lines to create music.

Pitch means how high or low a sound is. If you place a note high on the stave, the pitch will be higher than if you placed the note lower on the stave.

When the stave ends it will continue below from left to the right. Essentially, the stave follows the same rules as if you were reading text: left to right, line below, left to right, line below, left to right, and so on.

Using Clefs To Match The Pitch Range Of Your Instrument
A clef is a symbol that appears at the very start of each stave line before anything else. There are many different types of clef. The most common are the treble clef and bass clef.There is a huge variety of instruments in the world that have a very wide collective pitch range. Without help, there is no way that you can place all of these notes on the stave. This is where the different clefs come in. Depending on the clef you use, the same note on the stave will sound completely different. For example, a note placed through the bottom line of the stave in the treble clef would sound 13 notes higher than if the same note was written in the bass clef.You can change clef midway through a piece of music. This is very unusual and will only happen with certain instruments, such as the piano.The treble clef is used by instruments that have a middle to high pitch range. Examples are the violin, the flute, the piccolo, the trumpet, and the top half of the piano.The bass clef is used by instruments that have a low pitch range. Instruments using this clef include the cello, double bass, trombone, and the bottom half of the piano.
Notes - Applying The Alphabet To Music
A note is a circle. There will almost always be a line called a "tail" or "stem" attached to the note. This is partly used to show you the length of the note. The tail will point upwards from the rightof the note if the note is placed anywhere in the bottom three lines of the stave. The tail will point downwards from the left of the note if the note is placed anywhere in the top three lines of the stave. If the note is placed through the middle line on the stave, you can decide whether the tail goes up or down.There are two ways that you can place a note on the stave: between the lines and going through a line. I call them "space" notes and "line" notes respectively.Remember to always work out where the note is placed on the stave from the note itself. You never do this by looking at where the tail or stem of the note ends.Note names follow the alphabet. The different notes that you can play are A - B - C - D - E - F - G. When you go forwards in the alphabet, the notes rise on the stave and the pitch gets higher. When you go backwards in the alphabet, the notes drop on the stave and the pitch gets lower.After you have reached G, the circle repeats and you play A again. This will be another version of the A that sounds higher. Similarly, if you go backwards in the alphabet and reach another A this way, this note will also sound like A but lower. This is the same with all notes. When you play the same note higher or lower it is called an "octave".Middle C has a line going through it. It is the note that is in the middle of the piano and is useful as a reference point for all instruments. It is below the stave in the treble clef and above the stave in the bass clef.
All Cows Eat Grass - Rhymes To Help You Memorise Notes On The Stave
There are rhymes that can help you to remember where the different notes are on the stave. These rhymes all start from the bottom of the stave and work through to the top. They are separated into rhymes for space notes and rhymes for line notes.Rhyme for space notes
  • Treble clef - FACE (each letter is a line on the stave)
  • Bass clef - All Cows Eat Grass
Rhyme for line notes
  • Treble clef - Every Green Bus Drives Fast
  • Bass clef - Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge Always (the note for "Every" is through a line below the stave. This is called a "ledger line" and will be discussed in the next lecture.)
You can remember all these rhymes or memorise just one set of rhymes. If you choose the latter option, remember that you can work out any note by finding the note nearest that you do recognise. For example, let's say that the note you need to work out is through the top line of the stave in the treble clef. You know that the top "space" note is E from the rhyme FACE and that this note is one position higher on the stave. Therefore one letter after E is F so the note is F.A note name in either clef will be two notes and one octave different in the other clef. For example, if you know that a note in the bass clef would be a B in the treble clef, then count two notes higher (B - C - D) and this will be the note one octave lower in the bass clef.
Ledger Lines - Extending The Stave For Hard To Reach Notes
Ledger lines are asmall horizontal line that notes are placed on.These lines are used as an extension of the stave when a note is particularly high or low.The ledger line is essentially another line of the stave. However, it is only shown for the notes that need it. It does not stretch across the length of the stave.You can add ledger lines on top of each other. After a while, it becomes difficiult to recognise the note quickly. In this case, you can use "8va" and "8vb", which means play the music an octave above or below respectively. This way, you can write eight notes lower so that they are more recognisable.
  • You should love to play, write, or listen to music (or all of the above). That's it!
Liam Hindson
Liam Hindson
Founder Of Teach Tutti, Music Teacher, Violinist
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