There has never been a music book like this. Hooktheory I is a smart, fun, skill-building journey that concretely teaches you how to craft melodies and chord progressions like professional musicians and gain a deep understanding and intuition for how music works. Validated by 16,435 musicians like you, Hooktheory I is the best selling how-to music book for instrumentalists, songwriters, producers, and DJs around the world for a reason.

This exploration of melody and chord creation is fun to read, easy to understand, and full of practical knowledge. It contains 41 interactive exercises and 94 audiovisual examples from artists like: Avicii, Beyonce, Journey, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, and The Beatles, that make it easy to see the tactics these successful artists use.

Reading Hooktheory I doesn’t require any previous music knowledge or the ability to read music. On average, it takes about five hours to read (but more to fully absorb) so it isn't a huge time commitment. Dedicate only a few hours to reading this book and gain a lifetime of skills that will give your music that professional edge.

We wrote this book because we were tired of all of the “songwriting” websites and books that talk vaguely of “finding your inspiration” rather than providing concrete tools to improve your music.

With Hooktheory I, we have created an approachable, intuitive resource that directly answers the hard questions: Why do certain chords fit together easily, and others not so easily? How can I get from this chord to that chord? How can I create a great melody? Hooktheory I is a book that will make you say “ah ha!” many times over.

What’s New

Version 1.1.3

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Added melody to examples in section 5.2 and 5.3. Improved discussion of measures and meter in section 3.2. Fixed a few typos and did some minor copy edits.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

28dkwoo ,

Totally 5 Stars! Get it!

Alright, so it’s for beginners. I’m no beginner but I have never seen practical how-to songwriting content laid out so concisely and accurately. If you’re just starting out trying to write songs and figure out chords, this could almost suffice as the one reference you need to understand what you are doing. Excellent work, thanks to the authors! And after you get this one, then move to HookTheory II where the fun continues!

crumb collector ,

Unfortunately I’m not very quick at math

Unfortunately I’m not very quick at math. Everything was fine until it introduced the chord numbers correlating to scale degrees. Then it felt like it was hopping, skipping, and jumping away from the pace it started with, in describing everything. Sort of like someone saying ‘This is a ball. Now toss the ball in the air. Neat huh? Now here’s 2 other balls and now toss them into the opposite hands while one is tossed in mid-air, and then repeat the process. Now you’re juggling! Make sense??.” My guitar teacher did this with me too, and I just sat there with my eyes glazed over. Still wasn’t getting it, but he wouldn’t slow down to bridge the pieces. I would have preferred it rest into the concept more thoroughly to emphasize the structure at the pace it started with as it introduced the chord numbers. So... hopefully somehow I’ll learn music theory. Someday. Maybe?

Robert Raised Hell ,

Great instruction

I’m happy with the material. Small issues with sound on iOS but figured it out quickly. Highly recommended for anyone looking to step up their songwriting. Similar to the Nashville number system but with extensive detail. Thank you for the product.

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