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.
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.
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I've taken some music theory in college and we called "Figured Bass" what these remarkable educators call "Relative Notation" and this is exactly what blew open the curtains for me with my song writing. It doesn't matter the key you write it in, using Relative Notation or Figured Bass is truly the most elegant way to understand the inner-workings of music.
Bravo and KUDOS to the developers for not only delivering the best method for approaching music, but also providing it in a way that is approachable and completely applicable!
I often say to myself: "Hey, that last bit...let's explore that for a moment." Total inspiration.
Thank you also to the developers for the inspiring writing style. I have never felt more empowered to lavish each new bit of understanding along the way...until now. So many song ideas...and at the end of each chapter you hold me accountable.
I love the tests. They stretch my brain and help me re-discover points I may not have fully grasped before moving on to the next chapter. It honestly feels like a college course instructed at the level a small child would understand. Oh yeah! This would be great to share with kids who show interest in music. Set them free to explore their music ambitions!
So anyway...Thank you!
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.
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?
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