Hooktheory I

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About this app

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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Feb 18, 2017

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4.6
158 reviews
Nova Prime
June 1, 2022
Good app so far but there are issues when trying to play the audio. Other than that, the reading content is definitely good information. Especially for an inspiring audio engineer. I'm looking forward to providing an update.
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lars korb
August 9, 2021
All the examples in this book give me a 'media not found' Error. I've tried everything i can think of to fix this (no success). Also contacted support and have not gotten a response in over a week. I'm on a pixel 4a. The idea behind this book is good, but the creators currently don't seem to care about it.
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Jeremy Lewis
April 9, 2022
"Media not found" error. Apparently this is abandonware. Numerous complaints about this issue since 2018 (4 years!) and still, not fixed. Google should remove it from the store.
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What's new

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.