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Hands-On Music Theory by Richard Wentk

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6The Hook and the Solo

IT HAPPENS TO EVERYONE: YOU HEAR SOME MUSIC. You like it. Then, the nightmare begins. It starts repeating in your mind. Maybe you hum it. Maybe you sing it. Maybe your feet start twitching in time to the beat. Maybe you do all of the above in public, and you start getting pitying looks from friends, family, and strangers in shopping malls. Two weeks later, the tune is still in your head. It’s glued on repeat like a mental virus nailed to a bad analogy. You think about brain surgery. But you know it won’t help. You are now the victim of a hook.

How Do They Do That?

Tunes are elusive. If everyone could write insta-hits, music would be a lot less competitive and much less interesting. But catchy tunes are simpler than you ...

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