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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
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ebook, 113 pages
Published October 2016 by Hooktheory LLC (first published June 5th 2012)
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Robert Alexander
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music-theory
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 ...more
Frank
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music-theory
Best music theory book period. Don't look anywhere else because Hook theory has it all. ...more
Brian D'Astous
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Taught me more about music than years of piano lessons.
Justin
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Danny Little
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ALL singer/songwriters and producers
Shelves: music-theory
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?" ...more
Logan
Aug 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
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
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Chnebierk
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Paulmax1987
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Shaille
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!! ...more
JF Remillard
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.

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Kate Stone
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Reid Yamamoto
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chuck Sprague
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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Brent
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Sujay Tandel
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Music Theory Beginners
Recommended to Sujay Tandel by: Nicky Romero
Shelves: music-theory
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!
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Nate Larson
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Mai Thanh
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Mike Allison
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rob Y
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Carlos Ramos
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
elon kafka
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
best book on music theory I've come across ...more
Tord Helsingeng
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Bland and boring cookie cutter music anyone?
Etwein Geoffrey
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: musique
My best investment in music theory so far !
Andrew Robinson
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Steven Rozaye
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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) ...more
Alex
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely one of the best books to get you started in songwriting.
Javier
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
went from knowing nothing to knowing something
Henrik Tran
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solid book even tough you have studied music theory before hand. Can only recommend!
Ruhan Bidart
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Barbara
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on music theory. Simple and effective. The perfect introductory book.
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