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Hooktheory I: Music Theory

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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 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

113 pages, ebook

First published June 5, 2012

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