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 deep 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.
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 tactics 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.
Added melody to examples in section 5.2 and 5.3. Improved discussion of measures and meter in section 3.2. Fixed a few typos and did some minor copy edits.
Ratings and Reviews
I’m happy with the material. Small issues with sound on iOS but figured it out quickly. Highly recommended for anyone looking to step up their songwriting. Similar to the Nashville number system but with extensive detail. Thank you for the product.
Needs an update
Love the content, especially the emphasis on scale degrees, but it badly needs an update. Does not support iPhone X devices, and sometimes crashes when opening videos. For $15 it should at least support the latest hardware
Really the right thing for me
Long time player, should but can’t read music. I really have enjoyed exploring with this tool. Money very well spent.
I have two quibbles:
1. I want the videos to play in place so I don’t have to exit the player after each one.
2. I want hookpad on the phone and with the tap of a button, I want it loaded up with the snippet I just heard or clicked
Nonetheless this is seriously a great and efficient guide to music theory.
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