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Understand Harmony and Chord Sequences

How chords and harmony work - this is essential knowledge if you want to compose, improvise, accompany or play by ear.

Learn to Read Music: Part 1 - Notes

Try nine example levels from our interactive quiz. We think this is the best resource for learning to read music on the web. Why? Because it's ...

Learn to Read Music: Part 2 - Rhythm

A thorough introduction to this fundamental musical skill. From simple time signatures, note values and rests to compound time, tuplets and syncopation, this section tells you everything you need to know, with plenty of audio examples.

Understand Keys and Key Signatures

A straightforward explanation of major keys and why we need sharps and flats. This free resource includes the first two sections of the premium content. Subscribe now for full access.

Keeping Time

Playing in time is an essential musical skill whatever instrument or style you play, and whether you play solo or with a group. These exercises will help you develop accurate time in a variety of rhythms and tempos.

Understand and Recognise Intervals

An explanation of how intervals (the distance between two notes) are classified, and how to recognise them, and an interactive ear training quiz to test your knowledge.

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Learn to Read Music Notes for Guitarists

Understand Scales

The Science of Sound