Brand New to Music production? Try These Resources from Hooktheory.

Are you interested in music production but need help figuring out where to start? Do you dream of creating your own compositions but want to develop your skills as you dive in? Hooktheory can help!

We offer a suite of tools and interactive learning materials designed to help musicians of all levels create fantastic music and gain a deeper understanding of how music works.

Hookpad: The Ultimate Songwriting Sketchpad

One of our flagship products is Hookpad, a songwriting sketchpad that streamlines the music creation process with built-in music theory.

Our browser-based software empowers you to experiment with chord progressions and melodies effortlessly, even if you lack instrumental skills or extensive music theory knowledge.

One of Hookpad’s standout features is its deep integration of built-in music theory. With features like Magic Chord and Smart Chord Pallets, Hookpad offers a comprehensive set of tools that draw from our extensive database of 40,000 song analyses. These tools help take the guesswork out of how to begin creating a musical composition that works, supported by music theory principles.

Best of all, Hookpad seamlessly integrates with your creative workflow. You can write and publish entire songs within the software or export your compositions to your preferred Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) for final touches.

With Hookpad as your creative companion, the possibilities are limitless, and the music you create will truly reflect your artistry and individuality.

Chord Crush: Train Your Ear with Musical Puzzles

Another exciting tool in our lineup is Chord Crush, a web app designed to help you train your ear through engaging puzzles and exercises.

With Chord Crush, you can train your ability to recognize chords in songs and develop a deeper understanding of chord progressions. The app offers a range of interactive challenges that gradually increase in difficulty, allowing you to level up your ear-training skills at your own pace.

Some of Chord Crush’s key features:

  • Fun and interactive: Solve puzzles and engage in exercises that make ear training enjoyable and captivating.
  • Real songs: Train on audio samples from actual songs, providing a practical and authentic learning experience.
  • Progressive learning: Start with guided lessons in “Level Up” mode, where you’ll learn to recognize common chords and chord patterns.
  • Adaptive training: Chord Crush adjusts to your skill level, providing exercises tailored to your abilities and ensuring continuous improvement.
  • Customization options: Create personalized training sets that focus on specific chords or chord categories, allowing you to target areas you want to strengthen.
  • Easy accessibility: Chord Crush is accessible on both desktop and mobile devices without additional installations. You can train your ear anywhere, on the go.

Immerse yourself in the world of chords and progressions, and unlock your ability to hear and understand music like never before.

Experience the joy of improving your ear and understanding music like never before with Chord Crush! You can start training for free.

Interactive Music Theory Books

Learning music theory can be daunting as a beginner music producer. However, our books offer an intuitive approach to learning and applying music theory in your own work.

This series is essential for any producer looking to expand their knowledge and skill set.

What sets our books apart is their ability to make complex concepts accessible and enjoyable. You’ll gain practical knowledge through engaging exercises, quizzes, and real-world examples that you can immediately apply to your production process.

Let’s take a brief look at what our interactive music theory books have to offer:

Hooktheory I

In Hooktheory I, you’ll dive into the essential techniques for crafting captivating chord progressions and melodies.

This book covers everything from composing music based on scales to understanding the function of basic chords. You’ll learn how to write effective chord progressions, create melodies that complement your chords, and master the art of controlling tension and release.

Hooktheory II

Hooktheory II takes you on a journey to the next level of musicality. This book explores intermediate and advanced techniques for crafting intricate chord progressions and melodies.

You’ll discover the power of complex chord types, the art of chord inversions, and the use of secondary chords to add tension and intrigue to your compositions.

You’ll also learn to compose in different scales, combine melodies from multiple scales, and employ songwriting techniques to captivate your listeners.

Key Cheat Sheets

Our Key Cheat Sheets are an excellent, free resource for music producers looking to learn more about music in the context of specific keys.

Each cheat sheet includes an overview of the key, the 20 most popular chords (and how to play them on a piano), songs in the key (with links to their chord and melody analyses), and popular chord progressions.

One of the most popular features of our key cheat sheets is the ability to open the popular chord progressions in Hookpad or download them as MIDI files for free.

This resource is a goldmine for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of music theory and apply it within Hookpad or their DAW!

Chord and Melody Analyses (+40,000)

Users also enjoy our free database of over 40,000 chord and melody analyses from popular music. This database provides a valuable resource for music producers who want to learn from the best and improve their own music.

Studying popular songs’ chord progressions and melodies allows you to learn new techniques and approaches to creating music you may not have considered before.

Our comprehensive database gives you access to a wealth of information to help you develop your skills and take your music to the next level.

Create Amazing Music with Hooktheory

At Hooktheory, we’re committed to helping musicians of all levels create fantastic music and develop a deeper understanding of how music works. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced producer, our suite of tools and interactive learning materials can help you take your skills to the next level.

If you give our tools a try, let us know! We love seeing what our community creates with the help of Hooktheory.


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