Take your chords and melodies to the next level.

Hooktheory II builds on the foundation of Roman numeral analysis, chord function, and melodic construction taught in Hooktheory I, giving you deeper insight into composing richer, more sophisticated music. Hooktheory II teaches you how to use seventh chords, embellishments, secondary chords, minor harmony, modes, and modal mixture to expand and enrich your songwriting. With 83 interactive exercises and 228 audiovisual examples, Hooktheory II is exactly what you need to take your chords and melodies to the next level.

About the book

Hooktheory I and Hooktheory II were created to teach you how to craft melodies and chord progressions like professional musicians, and gain a deeper understanding and intuition for how music works.

Hooktheory I introduced you to Roman numerals and scale degrees, and laid the groundwork for arranging chords and melody into something that sounds great. But Hooktheory I really only scratched the surface of what is musically possible.

Hooktheory II begins right where Hooktheory I left off. You'll learn about seventh chords, embellishments, secondary chords, minor harmony, modes, modal mixture, and more; and you'll do so with the same fun, easy to understand approach we used in Hooktheory I, with its emphasis on practical usage demonstrated with rich examples from real songs.

Reading Hooktheory II doesn’t require the ability to read music or any music knowledge outside what was covered in Hooktheory I. On average, it takes about twelve hours to read (but more to fully absorb) so it isn't a huge time commitment.

We wrote Hooktheory I and II 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 and II, 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 II is a book that will make you say “ah ha!” many times over.


Amazing book! Easy to read and clearly presents material.
I understand the Hooktheory approach so much better now, and have insights into what various composers and song writers were seeking to accomplish. The book moves at a comfortable pace and self-tests throughout the book cement knowledge. I was truly disappointed to reach the end, but look forward to going through again, taking notes, and applying the ideas while sitting at a guitar and piano.Michael (Oct 25, 2016) iOS App Store Review
Awesome book and learning experience
This book and Hooktheory I were exactly what I needed to to help me write more cohesive and compelling music. Not only was it well written and well thought out, but the interactive components in the book and the accompanying website make it a tool I will continue to reference for years to come. Chitownrolla (Oct 18 2016) iOS App Store Review
The best book I’ve found on chord progressions
No matter where you are at, this book will take you to the next level and have you creating legit compositions faster than any system out there. This book (and Hooktheory I) were FULL of examples of every single concept. The way they break down keys and chords, and how progressions and melody work in real songs is unique, comprehensive, and much easier to understand than traditional music theory teaching. Brian Cyril (Oct 16 2016) Goodreads Review
Very well written book
Love this book. It’s able to explain complex topics a clear, concise, and engaging manner. Best part is the numerous examples taken from modern songs. Overall my favorite resource for intermediate level music theory.Mikhail Aronov (Oct 18, 2016) Google Play Review



Hooktheory II contains 228 audiovisual examples from artists like: Adele, Coldplay, Elton John, and The Beatles, that make it easy to see the tactics these successful artists use.

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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.

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100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If you are not 100% satisfied with Hooktheory II, you can reply to your email receipt to receive a full refund. No questions asked.