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Book I
$14.99

The essential basic techniques for crafting effective and compelling chord progressions and melodies. In Hooktheory I, you’ll learn the following skills:

  • Composing music based around a scale.
  • Understanding the six basic chords that underlie all great chord progressions.
  • Writing chord progressions based on function (understanding which chords go together and which ones don’t)
  • Making melodies “chord aware”: learn why certain melodies sound good with a chord progression and why others don't
  • Controlling the natural tension and release in melodies over a chord progression

Benefits of Hooktheory I:

  • Simple piano roll notation (no sheet music)
  • Every concept + technique demonstrated through a real song
  • 88 audiovisual examples
  • Reinforce learning every step of the way with 41 exercises
  • Designed to be used with Hookpad Music Making Software

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Book II
$19.99

The essential intermediate and advanced techniques for crafting effective and compelling chord progressions and melodies. In Hooktheory II, you’ll learn the following skills [Prerequisite reading: Hooktheory I]:

  • Composing chords and melody in minor (and other scales).
  • Using chord inversions (reordering chord tones) to create effective bass lines.
  • Using complex chord types (e.g. 7th chords, extended chords, suspended chords, and "add" chords) to enrich your chord progressions.
  • Using secondary chords (chords based on a different key) to create tension.
  • Combining melody and chords from multiple scales (modal mixture).
  • Utilizing songwriting techniques like energy control, deception, and harmonic scope to control the expectations of listeners.

Benefits of Hooktheory II:

  • Simple piano roll notation (no sheet music)
  • Every technique and concept is demonstrated through a real song
  • 228 audiovisual examples
  • Reinforce learning every step of the way with 83 exercises
  • Designed to be used with Hookpad Music Making Software

Read on hooktheory.com. Supports all modern desktop and mobile browsers. Also available on iOS, iBooks, and Android.