Recently, we quietly rolled out a big new feature. Many of you have already discovered it, but we’re ready to talk about it publicly now that we’ve made sure all the launch day kinks have been worked out.
Plus is Hooktheory’s new premium service, and it’s something that we’re really excited about. The initial feature set is geared mostly towards enhancements to HookPad. The following are a few of the new things that Plus members can do:
1) Export: Export your songs to MIDI and beautifully engraved sheet music or guitar tablature.
2) MagicChord: Plus users can ask Hookpad for help to pick the next chord in the song they are writing. Hookpad will analyze the chords you’ve already written and then look for examples of songs in the TheoryTab database that have used chords similarly to get clues as to what chord might work best next. Then it provides suggestions for you to pick from. Find the right chord in any situation!
3) Lyrics: Plus users can add lyrics to their songs. As you type, we’ll place each syllable on the note it corresponds to. Use a hyphen for custom syllable separation.
We also added support for MIDI input, recording, and looping. You can read about all the features of Plus here.
We plan on adding lots more stuff soon to other parts of the site, so stay tuned!
Last week, Ryan was called in as the resident popular music theory expert to discuss the “songs of the summer” with Marty Moss-Coane. Also part of the discussion was Bonnie McKee, the songwriter behind 8 #1 singles in the US, as well as Dan Deluca of the Philadelphia Enquirer. You can listen to the approximately 1 hour long show by going here. Ryan comes on at 23:20.
As part of the show, Ryan was nice enough to analyze a few of the songs of the summer for the show. We decided to put him on the spot and have him do his analyses live without having heard the songs before for you guys to see how it’s done. You can watch his “TabCast” below. If you’re not familiar with Hookpad as a songwriting tool or want to see how to use it to contribute TheoryTabs to the database this is a great video to watch:
TabCast #1: Summer Songs 2014 from Hooktheory on Vimeo.
Hooktheory was recently interviewed by the nice folks over at Easy Ear Training. It’s a great interview that talks about our backgrounds, the philosophy of the site, and how we got started.
…Hooktheory really began as course in the Music Department at UC Berkeley that we taught as part of the DeCal program there. As we were teaching the course, we were actually creating and laying the groundwork for a lot of the tools on our website now. It was all very primitive back then, but the response was so positive from the students that we decided to keep going after it was over. It’s all sort of snowballed from there.
Read the full interview by clicking here