Theory is a six-letter dirty word to most musicians, but hey, musicians love dirty words, right? And just like all the other dirty words, theory is easy to learn and fun to use! After studying 'popular' and 'classical' music theory, Ray Harmony created a unique approach that he uses to compose his songs, which feature multi-platinum Grammy winners Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), and many more. Ray Harmony is an award-winning music lecturer and multi-instrumentalist, who is now sharing his top-secret music theory and songwriting hacks through this book series. Drawing on his two decades of teaching experience combined with his minimalist methods of explaining, Ray breaks down music theory into its simplest form via a series of simple hacks, deep insights, and bad jokes. Tuck in at HackMusicTheory.com
'The most brilliant, fast, easy, and fun music theory book I've ever seen!' -DEREK SIVERS, CD Baby founder, TED speaker, musician, author of Anything You Want
'This is the kind of book I wish I had when I first started out.' -IHSAHN, Emperor
'Trust Ray, and in no time you'll have a watertight music theory skillset you once thought impossible to obtain.' -PAT LUNDY, Modestep, ex-Funeral for a Friend
'Ray manages to make learning music theory fascinating, digestible, and damn right cool!' -JOE COPCUTT, AxeWound, Zoax
'If you have been put off music theory in the past, then this is the book to inspire and empower you.' -VICTORIA WILLIAMSON, PhD, Vice Chancellor's Fellow Researcher and Lecturer in Music at the University of Sheffield, UK, author of You Are the Music
'Ray has a totally unique approach of hacking music theory, which gives you the essentials in a fraction of the time.' -VESPERS, Warp Academy founder, music producer
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Ray Harmony turns music theory into a fascinating journey!!!! Anyone who has ever thought of music theory as too difficult or
as something that stifles creativity should read this book!!! Ray has exceptional insight and delivers above and beyond anything else out there on the subject!! Forget composer's block, reading this book will take your music journey to the next level!!
Smile as you learn
Ray is an excellent teacher and his depth of experience, knowledge and unique sense of humour make learning music theory from him a pleasure. I am lucky to have been taught by Ray and am now passing along his teachings to my students who thrive on the simple and straightforward methods of explanation found in this book.
The Hacks provide a snapshot of all the important information you need to know about each topic. They are really useful as references when you want a quick overview or need a refresher. The accompanying Chapters are full of fascinating stories and metaphors about the language of music and how we can harness it to tell musical stories (i.e. songs).
No matter how little or how much you know about music theory, no matter if you play an instrument or not, I highly recommend this book to you. I guarantee that you will find yourself smiling as you learn. What other music theory book can you say that about?