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Drawing on 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! Download includes PDF, EPUB & MOBI files.
Our bestseller! All the essential songwriting & producing hacks, with MIDI file examples. 14 hacks cover bass lines, chord progressions, lead melodies, counterpoint harmonies, riffs, modes, key signatures, changing keys, and more! The PDF also contains Ray's world-famous "Melody Checklist". If you're a beginner, then first read Hack Music Theory, Part 1.
–DEREK SIVERS, CD Baby founder, TED speaker, musician, author of Anything You Want
“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
“It’s educational and it’s entertaining. Who could ask for more? Ray, the brilliant tattooed man, knows his onions!”
–NEIL COWLEY, composer, pianist, session player on Adele's album 21 (most notably Rolling in the Deep)
“This is the kind of book I wish I had when I first started out.”
“Trust Ray, and in no time you’ll have a watertight music theory skillset you once thought impossible to obtain.”
–PAT LUNDY, Modestep
“Ray manages to make learning music theory fascinating, digestible, and damn right cool!”
–JOE COPCUTT, AxeWound
“Hack Music Theory should be used in every school that teaches music theory – bar none.”
–MARK MYNETT, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Music Technology & Production at the University Of Huddersfield UK, author of Metal Music Manual
“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 & Lecturer in Music at the University of Sheffield UK, author of You Are the Music
Our hacks are so useful, you'll wanna tattoo them!
–STEFAN, former student who tattooed a hack* on his arm