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Librarian's Note: This is an alternate-cover edition for ISBN 9780985681005 This is the music theory / songwriting book you’ll love. Hooktheory is an intuitive, modern take on music theory that answers the questions you care the most about: 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 g Librarian's Note: This is an alternate-cover edition for ISBN 9780985681005 This is the music theory / songwriting book you’ll love. Hooktheory is an intuitive, modern take on music theory that answers the questions you care the most about: 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 sounding melody? The concepts we teach are applicable to all types of music, but examples are drawn from popular songs you’ve probably heard on the radio. Also, because the explanations are drawn from our TheoryTab format, people that don’t read conventional sheet music will benefit from the concepts we cover just as much as those that do. The book is 6 chapters long with 41 exercises and 94 audiovisual examples from artists like: Aerosmith, Avicii, Beyonce, Bon Jovi, Bruno Mars, Celine Dion, Daughtry, Diana Ross, Green Day, John Mayer, Journey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, Matchbox 20, Pink, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, The Beatles, The Four Seasons, The Killers, Tom Petty, … and more. Table of contents: 1. Building Blocks - The building blocks of music - Relative notation - Chords - Combining chords and melody - Wrap up 2. Harmony I - The I chord: home base - Basic chord function - The vi chord: a minor sound - Being creative - Check for understanding 3. Melody - Introduction - Meter - Stable vs. unstable scale degrees - Rhythmic patterns - Melodic themes - Check for understanding 4. Harmony II - The iii chord - The ii chord 5. Inversions - Introduction - The I6 chord - The V6 chord - The cadential 64 chord - Pedal harmony - Final Thoughts 6. Conclusion - Closing remarks


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Librarian's Note: This is an alternate-cover edition for ISBN 9780985681005 This is the music theory / songwriting book you’ll love. Hooktheory is an intuitive, modern take on music theory that answers the questions you care the most about: 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 g Librarian's Note: This is an alternate-cover edition for ISBN 9780985681005 This is the music theory / songwriting book you’ll love. Hooktheory is an intuitive, modern take on music theory that answers the questions you care the most about: 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 sounding melody? The concepts we teach are applicable to all types of music, but examples are drawn from popular songs you’ve probably heard on the radio. Also, because the explanations are drawn from our TheoryTab format, people that don’t read conventional sheet music will benefit from the concepts we cover just as much as those that do. The book is 6 chapters long with 41 exercises and 94 audiovisual examples from artists like: Aerosmith, Avicii, Beyonce, Bon Jovi, Bruno Mars, Celine Dion, Daughtry, Diana Ross, Green Day, John Mayer, Journey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, Matchbox 20, Pink, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, The Beatles, The Four Seasons, The Killers, Tom Petty, … and more. Table of contents: 1. Building Blocks - The building blocks of music - Relative notation - Chords - Combining chords and melody - Wrap up 2. Harmony I - The I chord: home base - Basic chord function - The vi chord: a minor sound - Being creative - Check for understanding 3. Melody - Introduction - Meter - Stable vs. unstable scale degrees - Rhythmic patterns - Melodic themes - Check for understanding 4. Harmony II - The iii chord - The ii chord 5. Inversions - Introduction - The I6 chord - The V6 chord - The cadential 64 chord - Pedal harmony - Final Thoughts 6. Conclusion - Closing remarks

30 review for Hooktheory I: Music Theory

  1. 5 out of 5

    Robert Alexander

    Anybody interested in learning music theory and writing songs should really check out the site, Hooktheory. It is an online (or mobile) interactive theory textbook that teaches music theory using popular music (eg. Rock) and an innovative system of notation. It also has an associated web app called HookPad that greatly assists you in writing songs by guiding you as to what chords might work best in what you're writing based on an analysis of what is most common in existing popular songs. It's aw Anybody interested in learning music theory and writing songs should really check out the site, Hooktheory. It is an online (or mobile) interactive theory textbook that teaches music theory using popular music (eg. Rock) and an innovative system of notation. It also has an associated web app called HookPad that greatly assists you in writing songs by guiding you as to what chords might work best in what you're writing based on an analysis of what is most common in existing popular songs. It's awesome!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    Best music theory book period. Don't look anywhere else because Hook theory has it all. Best music theory book period. Don't look anywhere else because Hook theory has it all.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brian D'Astous

    Taught me more about music than years of piano lessons.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    This book was phenomenal. My time with HookTheory was one of the most lucid and enjoyable educational experiences I've ever had. As an amateur piano player who has always just read and played the sheet music, the number of "aha!" moments I had while reading was enough to keep me going back to the HookTheory website to try their daily dictations as I wait eagerly for the sequel. HookTheory is the quintessential example of technology being used in a modest and focused way to make learning so much m This book was phenomenal. My time with HookTheory was one of the most lucid and enjoyable educational experiences I've ever had. As an amateur piano player who has always just read and played the sheet music, the number of "aha!" moments I had while reading was enough to keep me going back to the HookTheory website to try their daily dictations as I wait eagerly for the sequel. HookTheory is the quintessential example of technology being used in a modest and focused way to make learning so much more intuitive. The music widget perfectly illustrated the points in the text while letting me progress and repeat sections at my own pace. I also appreciate the authors' decision to divorce their explanations from any particular musical key. It was a wise choice that allows readers to really understand the underlying principles without getting caught up in note names. Bravo. I loved it!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Danny Little

    THIS! This book has completely reinforced and changed my life as a producer and song writer! There was an understand that I THOUGHT I had as a music producer. I've never been classically trained nor trained at all, but I've dug into thousands of Music Theory tutorials that have given me a solid understanding. But! What the guys here at Hooktheory have done for me is give me a solid understanding of the FUNCTION of EVERY CHORD! They've answered the question "WHY does that 'FEEL' the way it does?" THIS! This book has completely reinforced and changed my life as a producer and song writer! There was an understand that I THOUGHT I had as a music producer. I've never been classically trained nor trained at all, but I've dug into thousands of Music Theory tutorials that have given me a solid understanding. But! What the guys here at Hooktheory have done for me is give me a solid understanding of the FUNCTION of EVERY CHORD! They've answered the question "WHY does that 'FEEL' the way it does?" Man I could go on for hours about this book, but to make it short, it has given me the understanding to write my songs ON PURPOSE! To correctly express a FEELING through the use of harmony and melody. THANK YOU GUYS!! I LOVE THIS BOOK.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Logan

    1.5 stars Initially, I was going to give this book 2.5 stars and move along with my day, since if you already know even the very basics of music theory, this book will be too simple for you, but when I got to the end, I noticed a simple message. If you want to be extra helpful, add Hooktheory I to your "music theory" shelf on Goodreads. The book proceeds to give instructions on how to rate a book and even create an account, leading to the extreme ratings shown here. The book itself is fine, sure, b 1.5 stars Initially, I was going to give this book 2.5 stars and move along with my day, since if you already know even the very basics of music theory, this book will be too simple for you, but when I got to the end, I noticed a simple message. If you want to be extra helpful, add Hooktheory I to your "music theory" shelf on Goodreads. The book proceeds to give instructions on how to rate a book and even create an account, leading to the extreme ratings shown here. The book itself is fine, sure, but it certainly doesn't deserve its current 4.69 rating, and this "gaming" of the Goodreads system isn't exactly something I'd like to support.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chnebierk

    I enjoyed this book a lot !! For the given price, I didn't expect to learn that much, they made a very good job in making music theory fun to learn while explaining everything in detail ! They alwas provide you examples and exercises to make sure you understand everything :) I can't find anything negative to say about it, I was convinced by it and totally recommend it ! Try it for yourself, they have a very good website by the way : www.hooktheory.com I enjoyed this book a lot !! For the given price, I didn't expect to learn that much, they made a very good job in making music theory fun to learn while explaining everything in detail ! They alwas provide you examples and exercises to make sure you understand everything :) I can't find anything negative to say about it, I was convinced by it and totally recommend it ! Try it for yourself, they have a very good website by the way : www.hooktheory.com

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paulmax1987

    The Book is the Final Touch after you understand Music Theory,it gave me that kind of thing that I was looking for but never found.If you are serious about making Music this book is a number 1 Choice.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shaille

    I am mostly a self-taught musician so I don't have much experience with music theory. I was looking for something that would teach me the basics in a way that was easy to understand - this book was perfect!!! It was exactly what I hoped it would be, thank you!! I am mostly a self-taught musician so I don't have much experience with music theory. I was looking for something that would teach me the basics in a way that was easy to understand - this book was perfect!!! It was exactly what I hoped it would be, thank you!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    JF Remillard

    Good starting point for understanding most popular music. I noticed that some reviewer commented on the fact that a lot of details are missing, on more advanced harmony, for example, and it is true; but this book is still a valuable resource and it presents information in a very user friendly way which is reminiscent of the way jazz music is taught. This is important because if you want to dig deeper into harmony at some point, this book will have provided you with a good foundation. Most popular Good starting point for understanding most popular music. I noticed that some reviewer commented on the fact that a lot of details are missing, on more advanced harmony, for example, and it is true; but this book is still a valuable resource and it presents information in a very user friendly way which is reminiscent of the way jazz music is taught. This is important because if you want to dig deeper into harmony at some point, this book will have provided you with a good foundation. Most popular music is built around a single key with, in some cases, some modulation (temporary use of another key in some part of the song, the bridge for instance). People who want to get off the beaten path will probably need to look elsewhere to further their research. The author does say at some point that you need to know the rules before you can break them and that is absolutely true. I have once heard a very beautiful melody composed on top of a series of major chords (only) carefully chosen around the circle of fifth (in other words, shifting from key to key as the melody progresses). Talk about breaking the rules! If you are curious, I am referring to the song titled “Mindscan VI - Hybrid child” from District 97 (I am in no way associated with them, but I find what they do harmonically and rhythmically very interesting). This book will not teach you this type of rule breaking, but I think it will allow you to understand or discover what is going on when the rules are in fact broken.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kate Stone

    It’s great to see an approach to music theory that doesn’t spend so long dwelling a single topic that you fail get a broad overview before the first idea have long since faded. Hooktheory moves along at a refreshing clip, jumping from topic to topic with examples that are likely to be familiar to a casual listener rather than a dedicated student. The audiovisual elements in electronic additions help drive po8nts home and overall its very effective. It’s also quite brief, considering the price poi It’s great to see an approach to music theory that doesn’t spend so long dwelling a single topic that you fail get a broad overview before the first idea have long since faded. Hooktheory moves along at a refreshing clip, jumping from topic to topic with examples that are likely to be familiar to a casual listener rather than a dedicated student. The audiovisual elements in electronic additions help drive po8nts home and overall its very effective. It’s also quite brief, considering the price point. I’d have liked to see a little more supplementary material to dig deeper into each topic after the overview, but I do appreciate the work for what it is. The quizzes are interesting but lean a little to the prescriptive for my taste in one or two cases. I’d have liked to see more than just the answer the authors were looking for, but rather an explanation for each answer regarding why it’s wholly inappropriate, or in some cases why it’s merely suboptimal.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Reid Yamamoto

    As a songwriter, I am always interested in learning as much as I can about music theory to improve my songs and evoke the emotions of listeners in an effective and intelligent way. I have taken four semesters of traditional harmony at a junior college and one year of private music theory lessons. But that was a long time ago, and I still never attained the level of knowledge that I was seeking to have a rock-solid understanding of how everything works and why. The authors did a great job of brea As a songwriter, I am always interested in learning as much as I can about music theory to improve my songs and evoke the emotions of listeners in an effective and intelligent way. I have taken four semesters of traditional harmony at a junior college and one year of private music theory lessons. But that was a long time ago, and I still never attained the level of knowledge that I was seeking to have a rock-solid understanding of how everything works and why. The authors did a great job of breaking it all down for readers by taking complex concepts and making them easier to understand, including great musical examples which really helps me to learn the sounds and effects of the concepts being discussed. I started using Hookpad to start new songs and love it! It is so much easier to explore different chord progressions, melodies, inversions, basslines, etc. Great job on Hooktheory I! Now on to Hooktheory II.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chuck Sprague

    I have played jazz for about 15 years but always have struggled with improvisation. I have a book shelf of books on music theory, but understanding chord progressions and how to make sense of them has always eluded me. This ingenious book offers to solve all that for me. Without using any written music notation the authors have developed a visual analog system that appears very simple. They begin very simply and take you through intervals, consonance, dissonance, and diatonic chords painlessly. T I have played jazz for about 15 years but always have struggled with improvisation. I have a book shelf of books on music theory, but understanding chord progressions and how to make sense of them has always eluded me. This ingenious book offers to solve all that for me. Without using any written music notation the authors have developed a visual analog system that appears very simple. They begin very simply and take you through intervals, consonance, dissonance, and diatonic chords painlessly. They do a great job of explaining each chords function in a progression's context. Using copious popular music examples they explain each step. There are questions and problems that test your understanding well. I could have used a few more. I am looking forward to working in book II.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brent

    If you're a songwriter or an aspiring songwriter without a solid understanding of music theory as it applies to popular music, I cannot recommend this ebook highly enough. In a very concise, clear, practical, and focused manner, this ebook covers the elements of music theory required to construct good chord progressions and melodies. It takes advantage of the ebook format to give audio/visual examples of everything it presents, which increases its learning value immensely. I've never seen anythi If you're a songwriter or an aspiring songwriter without a solid understanding of music theory as it applies to popular music, I cannot recommend this ebook highly enough. In a very concise, clear, practical, and focused manner, this ebook covers the elements of music theory required to construct good chord progressions and melodies. It takes advantage of the ebook format to give audio/visual examples of everything it presents, which increases its learning value immensely. I've never seen anything else like it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sujay Tandel

    If you are a real beginner in music and want to learn music theory you should really check this book out. This book will give anyone the strong foundation and the basics to start in music. The book has the syntax like explanation and then example of that whats been taught. And also has questions to round that up if you actually understood what was being taught. After reading this book I think why didn't I read this book earlier! If you are a real beginner in music and want to learn music theory you should really check this book out. This book will give anyone the strong foundation and the basics to start in music. The book has the syntax like explanation and then example of that whats been taught. And also has questions to round that up if you actually understood what was being taught. After reading this book I think why didn't I read this book earlier!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nate Larson

    I'm not a big music guy but I got this because I wanted to learn a little bit about music as a side hobby from a more mathematical/pattern perspective. Frankly, this book taught me more about music in 3 hours than 6 years of taking music classes in public school did. It's got everything you want in a real-world model: concise, few components, handles all cases, simple. It simplifies everything tremendously. I don't understand why all music isn't written in their syntax. I'm not a big music guy but I got this because I wanted to learn a little bit about music as a side hobby from a more mathematical/pattern perspective. Frankly, this book taught me more about music in 3 hours than 6 years of taking music classes in public school did. It's got everything you want in a real-world model: concise, few components, handles all cases, simple. It simplifies everything tremendously. I don't understand why all music isn't written in their syntax.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mai Thanh

    Honestly, I was expecting a book with lots of things to cover but I've been brought to a lot of understanding under only 5 (+ conclusion) chapters?! The topics seemed less intimidating to learn than I originally anticipated, explaining why and how certain chords and melody work in different situations and I need to applaud the authors for doing such a wonderful job creating this easy-to-follow and fun guide! Definitely recommending this to whoever is interested in music theory! Honestly, I was expecting a book with lots of things to cover but I've been brought to a lot of understanding under only 5 (+ conclusion) chapters?! The topics seemed less intimidating to learn than I originally anticipated, explaining why and how certain chords and melody work in different situations and I need to applaud the authors for doing such a wonderful job creating this easy-to-follow and fun guide! Definitely recommending this to whoever is interested in music theory!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mike Allison

    Wow, this came highly recommended from several people, repeatedly. Now I see why. It really simplifies so much of the fundamentals. I had more aha! moments in 2 days reading this, than I did in years of Band, Piano lessons, Guitar lessons, beginner music theory courses... Seriously, if you want a crash course in music theory, start here.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rob Y

    Without question they use the best way to teach music theory. I’ve been looking for a long time for a book that teaches it using this method. The interactive features help as well. I highly recommend this to anyone that wants to learn music theory, especially if they’re an electronic musician.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carlos Ramos

    A short, simple, and sweet book about music theory, with examples easy to understand and visualize. Definitely would recommend to anyone lost in the world of music, that wants to learn a little more.

  21. 5 out of 5

    elon kafka

    best book on music theory I've come across best book on music theory I've come across

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tord Helsingeng

    Bland and boring cookie cutter music anyone?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Etwein Geoffrey

    My best investment in music theory so far !

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Robinson

    I'm so glad I found this book. Only wish I had found it sooner. After 35 years playing guitar, I finally understand some of the theory behind the music. They should teach this in school. I'm so glad I found this book. Only wish I had found it sooner. After 35 years playing guitar, I finally understand some of the theory behind the music. They should teach this in school.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Steven Rozaye

    I've read a lot of basic level music theory books to help with production. By far the most useful I have come by. (from a music production stand point) I've read a lot of basic level music theory books to help with production. By far the most useful I have come by. (from a music production stand point)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Definitely one of the best books to get you started in songwriting.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Javier

    went from knowing nothing to knowing something

  28. 4 out of 5

    Henrik Tran

    Solid book even tough you have studied music theory before hand. Can only recommend!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ruhan Bidart

    A good introduction to music theory for someone that has never studied that and want to start understanding and maybe trying to write some simple songs.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Excellent book on music theory. Simple and effective. The perfect introductory book.

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