How to Write a Hook – Chord Progression Theory for a Catchy Pop Song Chorus

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Learn how to write a chord progression for a catchy chorus, using these 5 game-changing music theory hacks!
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Using modes and catchy chords you can write a hook which results in a mega memorable chorus chord progression for your song. This example is in the Dorian mode, but these chord progression hacks can be used in any mode, for any pop song (yes, including hip-hop, rock, R&B, EDM, etc.). So, if you want to learn how to write a hook, then use these 5 songwriting hacks and music hacks to produce and write a hit song that’s contagiously catchy. But first (before you write a hook)… tea!

2:26 Hack 1 – Modes
4:19 Hack 2 – Uplifting Major Chords
6:39 Hack 3 – Smooth Chord Changes
9:50 Hack 4 – Chord Characteristics
13:18 Hack 5 – Syncopated Symmetry
16:14 Final Example (Music)

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Hack Music Theory is the pioneering notation-free method for making great music. Taught by award-winning music lecturer Ray Harmony, and his protégé (and wife) Kate Harmony, from their studio in Vancouver BC, Canada. Ray is the author of critically-acclaimed book series “Hack Music Theory”, and has made music with Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Ihsahn (Emperor), Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs), Madchild (Swollen Members), and many more. Kate has the highest grade distinction in Popular Music Theory from the London College of Music, and is the only person on the planet who’s been trained by Ray to teach his Hack Music Theory method!

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Relecent says:

You seem so nice and chill, your so funny and cool, you deserve 300K subscribers!

Franco Fidel says:

What's that writing program you are using? Cheers!

Shaunt Kederian says:

You’re brilliant mate, changed the game for me

Annie Nissim says:

Superb! Thanks! Can't make out the accent, sounds British with a twist – but coupled with the tea I'd guess you're a Brit.

Fola the ProVerbalizer says:

hmmm, never though about it…you're right, every mode has 3 major chords and 3 minor chords, and so as not upset the perfect balance the remaining chord is neither, it's diminished

Mr_ Batsu says:

I really liked the way you laid out the changes one by one and also did them in the piano roll so it's easier to see those connections between the chords.
I really loved the idea of changing the Dm to Dsus2 to help reduce the 'minor vibe' from D Dorian and at the same time give it a unique sound!

Shadowhenge says:

Its dunny, i love working in dorian and started with that same progression a few sessions ago.

Stephane Guenette says:

All things I know what they are. But knowing how to really use them is amazing. Great video!

Yianni Karras says:

I’m new to music theory and I have been struggling with chord progressions. After watching this video it made so much sense. Thank you

Trash Daddy says:

You seem entirely too nice. Kinda wanna hug you.

iliveinsin says:

I'm such a thrill seeker that I only listen to music with surprising first chords that start on an off-beat

Apex Music says:

more people need to know about this channel.

Savageglory Photography says:

OMG you are an eff___ genius I love this video. You just tied together soooo many ideas. Look for me on the top-10 charts

Daniel Bushe says:

Hey you are awesome man! Can you make a video… taking a vocal and building chords to fit the vocal perfectly? I struggle with this choosing what chords to fit the vocal and when to transition to the next chord.

TonyPeesTunes says:

I'm afraid to skip ahead in this video. I don't want Deckard Shaw to hunt me down and kick the shit out of me.

You like Baklava? says:

That was the cleanest way I’ve ever been explained what an inversion is. Bless you.

Method J Tabiy says:

So Much Knowledge in here. Thank You

Malcolm Jackson says:

What's the name of this software your using to demonstrate?

The Dapples says:

OMG! thank you so much, I´ve learned so much and I´m definitely going to start my chorus

Thomas Krusenklaus says:

0:50 was a complete ASMR moment

Jecith says:

aren't you supposed to be doing promo for the new fast and furious movie ? great lesson mate. thank you!

Jason Rose says:

Great videos. What software are you using?

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