Stop wasting time searching all over the internet and learn how music REALLY works by starting with the basics.

Leon Harrell, founder of

Hi, my name is Leon Harrell and I have been where you are.

There was a time that I didn’t know how to play my instrument very well. I had a million questions about how music worked and didn’t understand how anyone could master any instrument or let alone begin to read sheet music.

Then I spent about 10 years earning three degrees in music composition and I got a ton of the answers to my questions and I now understand how music and musical instruments work in a way that very few people do.

Then I began to teach these skills in colleges and universities and suddenly realized that most of my students where floundering in there music classes because they just didn’t understand some of the basic fundamentals of music and music theory very well.

It wasn’t that they couldn’t learn the material, but they had just never had a teacher that had broken the information down to its smallest, most basic level so that they could identify what they were confused about.

That’s what I do. I take all the complicated and seemingly impossible things to know about music and break them down into the smallest bits and pieces. I teach music in small bite size chunks so people can understand music on a very deep level that allows them to play and create any kind of music they like.

I want to welcome you to the One Minute Music Lesson and encourage you to contact me if you have ANY questions about music, at all. I want to be the teacher that you come to every time you need help.

I promise to give you a straight-forward and simple to understand answer. If I can’t answer your question I will point you in the right direction to find the answer you are looking for.

If you want to grow as a musician quickly by learning to read music and understand the fundamentals of music theory you are in the right place.

As a new visitor to my site I encourage you to sign up for my free weekly newsletter. As a reader of my newsletter you will receive a free copy of my book “How to Read Music”, as well as occasional free worksheets and announcements related to my teaching materials and online courses.

Good luck on your musical journey and feel free to contact me directly at anytime via email at with any questions you may have.

Hope to talk to you soon,

Leon Harrell

  • Beverly

    Hi, My name is Beverly and I am 52 yrs. old. When I was a young girl, around the age of 6 I took piano lessons. About a year later, my piano teacher died, in a critical car accident. My family was in the car behind his and I saw the accident that took his life. He had made an impact on my life, he made learning music fun, and I loved leaning to play the piano at an early age. After he passed and my mother found another piano teacher, I started piano lessons again. She also had an impact on my life. one that destroyed my interest in piano at the age of 7 yrs old. Have you ever seen the movie “The Wizard of Oz”? The wicked witch on the wizard of oz was my teacher!! LOL. Now that my children are grown, I am wanting to learn piano. I can read some on the music notes on the treble clef. I love reading your webpages and all the resources that you have. I am downloading all the sheets from your resources. Thank you, and I am glad that I found your website. I don’t remember how I found it, but I am glad.

    Thank you,

    • leonharrell

      Hi Beverly,

      I am glad to hear you have regained a passion for learning music. The spark that your first piano teacher gave you for music is still inside you and I think it’s great that you are continuing to pursue learning the art of music. Thanks for your kind words about my site. I am glad to hear that you enjoy it.

      -Leon Harrell

      • Tresa

        Hi Leon,
        So glad to run across you site on Youtube. Your teaching videos are terrific and are easily understood by some of the youngest students. May I post your link on my website. I have been teaching over 25 years and want my students to use all good resources that are available. THANK YOU for the time you take to post and make these lessons available.


        • leonharrell

          Hi Tresa,

          Thanks for your kind words. You may certainly post my videos where ever you like. I’m glad you found them helpful and hope your students enjoy them as well.


          Leon Harrell

  • william pat tamayo

    please send me a copy of your course.

    thank you.

    william pat tamayo

    • leonharrell

      Hi William,

      All my lessons are free and available at

      Please let me know if you have questions or need help.

      Thanks for the comment,

      Leon Harrell

  • Heike Siegmund

    great to have found this page! I am a mom of a piano kid. I have no background in music and this will help me a lot to keep up with him.

    • leonharrell

      Hi Heike,

      Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you found my website to be helpful. Let me know if you have any questions about the piano or music in general. You can email me directly anytime at Good luck to you and your child as you begin down the path of learning to play the piano.

      -Leon Harrell

  • Joseph Day

    to let you know theirs only 60 chords in a piano…..minor.major.diminished. dominant..half diminished…….you can use options beyond that…liks sus..sus 4 sus …7ths..dominant 7th….the options represent extended chords on the same chord..i seen it…..augmented is a category i will not represents the same chords..yet extended ..thats it man..look it is the best place…..

  • Joseph Day

    theres no such thing as 1600 chords on piano..thats undermining the whole study in piano playing…..and those chords in th read music in 30 days…i will not study them all.but tbe ones i told you….some of them represent the same chord..look it up..i saw it …theres no 80 chords or beyond that..

  • Joseph Day

    Must be nice to make things difficult for students without a printer…. What if we don’t want to use one????….what if its a waste of time buring myself in tons of printed sheet music paper when I can manipulate it on the picture editor on the pc or android phone????….leon…you seem like a intelligent musician ….but realize some people don’t have enough resources to learn…and theirs options..I want to learn. Make this easy for people with less resources..just a suggestion….thank you

  • Theresa Head

    Hi Leon, My name is T writing from Richmond, BC, Canada. I just received your email this morning… What you sent me is what i’m looking for… Learning to read the notes without the (letters) be shown.

    Thanks so much.

    • Leon Harrell

      Hi Theresa,

      You are welcome. If there is anything you need from me to learn music skills don’t hesitate to ask. I am always looking for feedback about my lessons and want to make sure everyone that visit’s my site gets the answers they need.


  • Kaylon Rushing

    Hi Leon, first off, thank you so much for creating this sight! Speaking of sight, thats actually how i came across this page. I was googling a way to practice/improve sight reading desperately. I’m becoming frustrated with my seemingly snail-speed progress. It has always been my lingering weakness, and I’ve been intentionally practicing it just about every single day for the past 6 months or so, but I still dont feel like I’ve improved very much. Are there any recommendations or pointers you might have for me to practice as efficiently as possible? And also how much progress should i even be expecting?

    • Leon Harrell

      Hi Kaylon,

      Send me an email at so I can ask you a few questions about your current skill level and theory knowledge. Most likely you are having trouble with understanding the mathematical component of time signatures and meter or you need to increase your chord recognition speed. Once I hear back from you I can give you some specific tools to help you out.


  • Chris Marshall

    I am using your lessons on Udemy. Very cool! But…at the end of each lesson, you refer to the “Extras Tab” for additional practice. I can’t find this for anything. Where should I be looking?

    • Leon Harrell

      Look on the right hand side of the udemy screen in any lesson and there are three or four tabs along the top, I think the second one is the extras tab but it’s only an icon now, it use to say extras, I think the icon is sort of a down arrow like a download icon. Check it out and let me know of you still having trouble finding it.

      Thanks for getting in contact with me and let me know if you have any questions about the course.


      • Chris Marshall

        Leon – Thanks so much. That was it. I thought I had tried all of those tabs.

    • Leon Harrell

      No problem, keep me posted on your progress in my Udemy course. I’m happy help at anytime if you need it.


      • Elisha ijaz

        Sir i want read music ……. thank you
        Elisha Ijaz

  • Grimm

    hi Leon, im curious, i have just recently begun learning to play a pan flute, and my question is, is treble/bass clef pretty much standard across the board for most instruments? i guess what i mean is, if i learn to read sheet music based on piano treble/bass clef, can i, in theory use those same basic principles with the pan flute?

  • Chris Marshall

    Is there a software you recommend that I can put on my laptop and interface it to my electronic keyboard so I can see notes on the screen and it will tell me if I’m playing the right thing on the piano?

  • Sheila Tacmo

    It is awesome that you offer this. Music is the langage that no matter where you are from it all reads the same. Thank you.

  • Otavio Nestares

    I bought your book, the download link doesn’t work, I sent 3 emails to you and ZERO answers until now…I don’t know what to do anymore…

    • Ragaa Ishak

      I was able to download on my mac after I could Not on my iPad!

  • Frederick Ahne

    Understood everything until you got (One Minute Music Lesson) until you got to the G clef where you gave the example. Please explain how you wrote some notes (connected) #3. For as novice very confusing

  • Frederick Ahne

    I agree with Otavio. You say you will respond and you do no. I asked two questions. One below and another to your direct e-mail related to printing your 10 day program (I could not print out the book to do the exercises you recommended. I received nothing but dead air. Now I’m sorry I purchased the 30 day book.

    Disappointed fan,
    Fred Ahne

  • Frederick Ahne

    Well you did it again. The 30 day book promised a free PDF download to do the examples. Guess what! No page available. Screwed again. Is there anything you say believable.

    Now Disgruntled and pissed,
    Fred Ahne

  • Frederick Ahne

    Hi Leon:
    Information provided was helpful. I need your help again. I purchased the Kindle version of your “learn to read music in 30 days”. The problem , is you cannot print out the pages you want us to work with cannot be printed. No this might have to do with publishing rights,but, it does not help the person who needs to work as much as possible. I s it possible to provide PDF or word documents of the quizzes. It would help me to understand the material much better.

    Thanks for all your help.

    Best regards.
    Fred Ahne

  • Bob

    Nice lessons. The only problem is you talk about extras tab at the end of each lesson. Where is this extra’s tab??

    • Leon Harrell

      The extras tab is in the Udemy course and looks like a downward arrow.

  • Frederick Ahne

    Hi Leon:

    Once again I write about the need for samples from your “Learn Music in 30 Days”. The Kindle version does not allow you to print the samples to work on them. Again, I ask if you can provide the samples in some form of PDF format so a novice like me can grasp what is written.

    Keep up the good work.

    Best regards,
    Fred Ahne