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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 how-to journey on melody and chord creation is fun to read, easy to understand, and teaches you practical knowledge that will take your chords and melodies to the next level. 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 / books that talk vaguely about “finding your inspiration”, or rhyming lyrics, or some other soft, non-actionable component of creating music.

With Hooktheory I, we created an approachable, intuitive resource that concretely 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? It's a book that will make you say “ah ha!” many times over.

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Version History

Launched Apr 23, 2014 (over 5 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 8 months, on average.

Feb 18
Version 1.1.4

Added melody to examples in section 5.2 and 5.3, improved discussion of weak and strong beats in 3.2, fixed some typos, and minor copy edits.

Nov 04
Version 1.1.3

Now saves font size across reading sessions. Fixed Katy Perry example in 4.1.

Oct 10
Version 1.1.2

Now includes information about Hooktheory II, the sequel to this book, released Oct 11, 2016.

Sep 21
Version 1.1.1

• New “Check For Understanding” section at the end of chapter 1 with several exercises to reinforce the connection between Roman numerals, i.e., I, ii, iii, and in-key chord names, i.e., C, dm, em.
• Substantial copy edits.
• Added support for older Android versions. Now works on 4.1 (API 16) or higher.

Jul 31
Version 1.0.4

Improved the overall speed and responsiveness of the app. Added text to the "video" page of the "welcome" slides instructing users to download VLC if the default media player causes the app to exit after a video finishes playing (we've had reports that this happens on select devices). Finally, we fixed a bug that made it impossible to go back to the "welcome" slides once they were viewed the first time.

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