Hooktheory I Hooktheory I is an intuitive, modern take on music theory that answers the questions you care the most about: 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?
Music theory and songwriting
music theory, songwriting Ryan Miyakawa David Carlton Chris Anderson
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Learn to write chords and melody like the pros.

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 deeper 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.

About the book

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 techniques 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.

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About the authors

The Hooktheory founders: David Carlton, Chris Anderson, and Ryan Miyakawa

Hey there. We're Chris Anderson, Ryan Miyakawa and David Carlton - the founders of Hooktheory (left to right). We all have Ph.Ds from U.C. Berkeley. Our shared passion for music and education led to the creation of Hooktheory in 2011.

What people are saying:

This book was phenomenal!
My time with Hooktheory was one of the most lucid and enjoyable educational experiences I've ever had. As an amateur piano player who has always just read and played the sheet music, the number of "aha!" moments I had while reading was enough to keep me going back to the website daily as I wait eagerly for the sequel.Justin (goodreads.com review)
Hooktheory makes learning so much more intuitive.
Hooktheory I is the quintessential example of technology being used in a modest and focused way to make learning so much more intuitive. The song examples perfectly illustrated the points in the text while letting me progress and repeat sections at my own pace.Justin (goodreads.com review)
Worth every penny!
I rarely write reviews, but I felt compelled to write this one. I have learned more from this book than any other music theory book I've read. The authors make the complex understandable. It is worth every penny I paid for it.John Conley (Google Play store review)
Love this.
Great for understanding music theory and love the way it shows you by playing examples, so the theory just jumps off the page and comes alive. This is the way teaching is supposed to be. Great work, worth every penny. Thank you so much.Estell South (Google Play store review)
A great explanation of music theory, and the relationship between melody and chord progressions. Having the video/audio examples built-in makes this book really stand apart from others I have read. I wish all music books were made this way!Jeffrey Hall (iBooks review)
Worthy of multiple re-reads.
Hooktheory I was a great book. In less time than it takes to learn how to play an instrument I learned how music works! I have been looking for a resource that made writing music comprehensible. This is that resource. The graphs and explanations were clear and easy to follow. The various examples from popular songs helped a great deal.Jeremiah Spassion (iBooks review)
Loved this book!
The explanations are easy to understand and the audiovisual examples made the concepts easy to internalize.@harlandjp (iBooks review)
Almost perfect.
Props to the authors for a very easy to follow explanation of the basics of chord progressions. The text and graphics and audio made it very engaging.@elevensong (iBooks review)
Best music theory book period. Don't look anywhere else because Hooktheory I has it all. Frank Bono (goodreads.com review)


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