Analysis

How does a song work?

Analysis I

Analysis of "Ashes and Wine" by A Fine Frenzy

In this video, we take a look at the verse from Ashes and Wine by A Fine Frenzy, and go over basic techniques for hearing chords.

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Analysis I

Analysis of "Try" by Colbie Caillat

Ryan analyzes Try by Colbie Caillat and discusses some songwriting techniques involved.

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Analysis II

Analysis of "My Way Is My Decision" by Tina Maze

Tina Maze, Slovenian olympic alpine skiier is also a pop star! We analyze the chorus of her hit song, My Way Is My Decision, and discuss some potential re-harmonizations. This song is analyzed in the minor mode.

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Analysis II

Analysis of 2014 Summer Songs

Ryan casts analyses of 3 summer songs for a piece on WHYY Radiotimes. Songs include Birthday by Katy Perry, Stay With Me by Sam Harris, and Shower by Becky G.

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Analysis III

Analysis of "The Painter" by O-Town

In this advanced analysis, we discuss strategies for figuring out difficult chord progressions. We employ bassline motion, quality, and melody to troubleshoot a difficult chord that is borrowed from a different mode.

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Songwriting

Write songs together with Hooktheory

Songwriting

Film Scoring (Part 1/4)

In this songwriting video series, we will write songs together in Hookpad from start to finish. In this first installment, we'll be writing a "sultry saxophone" song that will be used in a short film. This installment will be split into 4 parts:

Part 1: Chord progression
Part 2: Melody
Part 3: Arranging in Hookpad
Part 4: Recording and Mixing in Logic Pro X

By Ryan Miyakawa

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Songwriting

Film Scoring (Part 2/4)

In this songwriting video series, we will write songs together in Hookpad from start to finish. In this first installment, we'll be writing a "sultry saxophone" song that will be used in a short film. This installment will be split into 4 parts:

Part 1: Chord progression
Part 2: Melody
Part 3: Arranging in Hookpad
Part 4: Recording and Mixing in Logic Pro X

By Ryan Miyakawa

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Songwriting

Film Scoring (Part 3/4)

In this songwriting video series, we will write songs together in Hookpad from start to finish. In this first installment, we'll be writing a "sultry saxophone" song that will be used in a short film. This installment will be split into 4 parts:

Part 1: Chord progression
Part 2: Melody
Part 3: Arranging in Hookpad
Part 4: Recording and Mixing in Logic Pro X

By Ryan Miyakawa

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Songwriting

Film Scoring (Part 4/4)

In this songwriting video series, we will write songs together in Hookpad from start to finish. In this first installment, we'll be writing a "sultry saxophone" song that will be used in a short film. This installment will be split into 4 parts:

Part 1: Chord progression
Part 2: Melody
Part 3: Arranging in Hookpad
Part 4: Recording and Mixing in Logic Pro X

By Ryan Miyakawa

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Harmonization

Fitting chords to a melody

Harmonization

Harmonizing "Try" by Colbie Caillat (Part 1)

In this two-part series, we re-harmonize the chorus melody of Try by Colbie Caillat. In part 1, we discuss chord progressions using descending bass-lines and chords borrowed from other modes.

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Harmonization

Harmonizing "Try" by Colbie Caillat (Part 2)

In this two-part series, we re-harmonize the chorus melody of Try by Colbie Caillat. In part 2, we use chord progressions with applied chords, progressions in other modes, and chord progressions generated automatically by Hookpad's Magic Chord feature.

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Piano Voicing

The art of playing a chord progression on piano

Piano Voicing

Introduction to Piano Voicing (Part 1)

In this video series, we discuss how to voice chord progressions on the piano. In part 1, we explain common-tone voicing of the right hand, and use this voicing to play a simple chord progression on the piano.

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Piano Voicing

Introduction to Piano Voicing (Part 2)

In part 2 of this series on piano voicing, we practice identifying common tones between various chord combinations and using this information to play chord progressions containing chords I, ii, iii, IV, V, and vi, eventually adding the left hand.

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Hookpad+

Songwriting, countermelodies, Magic Chord, & MIDI export

Hookpad+

Hookpad+ Features and Capabilities

An overview of the features of Hookpad+

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Hookpad+

Mastering MIDI Export in Hookpad+

This video teaches you how to use the MIDI export feature to transfer your project to your favorite digital audio workstation (DAW - examples include GarageBand and Ableton) for mixing into a complete song.

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Hookpad+

How To Create Harmonizing Melodies in Hookpad+

Hookpad+'s polyphony feature lets you add additional layers to your music, allowing you to create more complex melodies and textures for your songs. In this video, we'll show you how to use polyphony to harmonize melodies. This is great for writing secondary melodies, backup vocals, and duets.

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Hookpad+

How To Create Counter-Melodies in Hookpad+

In this video we'll show you how to use Hookpad+'s polyphony to write countermelodies. Both uses of polyphony will help you add depth and character to your music and take your songwriting to the next level!

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Hookpad+

Going From Lyrics To Music in Hookpad+

Hookpad+ is filled with features that will help make writing your next song easier than ever. In this video, we show off two features that will help you write better music, lyrics and recording. The lyrics feature lets you add lyrics to your melodies and breaks up the words into syllables automatically so you can make things line up perfectly. Record Mode will help you create melodies more efficiently by letting you enter them in real time. We'll show you how to use these features by writing a simple song, starting with the lyrics.

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Hookpad+

Tips for Writing Effective Chord Progressions and Melodies in Hookpad+

In this Hookpad+ video, we'll pick up where we left off in the song we were writing in the "Going From Lyrics To Music" video and show off some simple tricks for writing effective chord progressions and melody. We'll use Magic Chord to get suggestions for the right chord to use in your progression and we will see how to use stable scale degrees to make decisions about the notes to use in your melodies.

By Ryan Miyakawa

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