Music Hacking for Electronic Musicians

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  • Discover the method behind composing flawless bass lines and chord progressions
  • Access simple shortcuts to relevant theory for electronic music
  • Learn how to make songs that stand out musically
  • Never face “writer’s block” again!

$99.00 USD

Additional information

Interactive Webinar Recordings


Total Length

12 hours

Skill Level

All levels welcome


All MIDI files used, "Hack Music Theory, Part 1: Learn scales & chords in 30 minutes" eBook by Ray Harmony

Product Description

As an educator and musician I’m always working on developing and honing my own skills. This has me on a search for better and better teachers as I learn and grow. I’m excited to share that I’m bringing one of my very own teachers to the table to share his wisdom and expertise with you. I’m thrilled to introduce Ray Harmony, who’ll be teaching our newest course, Music Hacking for Electronic Musicians!

For the past year, I’ve been blessed to be working with Ray on Music theory and composition. Even though I’ve been a musician my whole life, the impact that working with Ray has had on my music, and my understanding of music, has been “nothing short of unreal”.

Music theory is the language of music, and if you’re making music, you’re using music theory. Music Hacking for Electronic Musicians is for everyone from complete beginners to professional producers who make music by ear and want to learn how to use the power of music theory to elevate their songwriting. This course will inspire and empower you to confidently create faultless songs on a watertight foundation of music theory.

“Ray has a totally unique approach to hack music theory and give you the essentials in a fraction of the time.” – Vespers

IMPORTANT: Music Hacking for Electronic Musicians was a 100% live-streamed, online, interactive course that happened over 4 weeks in July of 2016. Over the course of these 4 weeks Ray taught 4 different modules on chords, bass, vocals, and songs, with dedicated question & answer periods. Each week we recorded the webinar, as many of our students who could not attend the live webinar schedule still wanted to participate. As such, many students still find great value from registering and watching the recordings! For those of you wanting to let the information sink in deep we give you lifetime access to the recordings so you can watch them as many times as you like!

What You’ll Learn

After taking Music Hacking for Electronic Musicians we guarantee you’ll be able to:

  • Compose flawless melodies and chord progressions
  • Apply relevant music theory hacks to raise your songwriting to a professional level
  • Make songs that stand out musically by using methods unknown in electronic music
  • Unleash your full creative force and keep your music fresh
  • Develop your own musical style
  • Inspire yourself by tapping into the limitless well of musical ideas
  • Say goodbye to “writer’s block” once and for all
  • Analyze your favourite musicians/producers and learn their musical tricks
  • Fluently communicate using the language of music

What You Get

Over the course of 4 modules, Ray reveals the secrets behind his composing process, from start to finish of a song.

In Music Hacking for Electronic Musicians you’ll get:

  1. All the MIDI files created to use and work with in your own music
  2. 4 x 3 hour webinar recordings, including, dedicated question and answer periods with Ray during each module
  3. Lifetime access to the webinar recordings of each module!
  4. A PDF with all of the songwriting hacks learned throughout the 4 modules
  5. A pre-release of Ray’s “Hack Music Theory, Part 1: Learn scales & chords in 30 minutes” eBook (“The most brilliant, fast, easy, and fun music theory book I’ve ever seen!” – Derek Sivers (CD Baby founder, TED speaker, author)
  6. Student Discounts of 20-60% off our partners and third party plugin providers! (including Ableton Live & iZotope software, xFer’s Serum Synth and more!)


An Interview with Ray Harmony

Course Curriculum

  • Module 1 – Chord Hacking
    • Shortcut for all chords in all keys
    • Composing impeccable chord progressions
    • How to say No to boring block chords
    • Re-arranging notes to make chords flow
    • Turning enemy chords into friends
    • Root notes vs. Bass notes
  • Module 2 – Bass Hacking
    • Going beyond root note bass lines
    • Motif hunting & what to do when you catch one
    • Composing flawless melodies
    • Drums after bass, never before
    • Syncopating bass/drums for originality
    • Adding layers with countering synth lines
  • Module 3 – Vocal Hacking
    • What makes a great vocal line
    • Composing catchy yet creative melodies
    • Listening to what the song wants
    • How to hunt for vocal motifs
    • Writing lyrics and hooks
    • Adding countering backup vocals
  • Module 4 – Song Hacking
    • Making a bassline to a chord progression
    • Making a chord progression to a bassline
    • Why one scale does not fit all sections
    • How to pick scales for different sections
    • Modulations that don’t suck
    • Song structure and arrangement

What People Are Saying

“The most brilliant, fast, easy, and fun music theory book I’ve ever seen!”
– Derek Sivers (CD Baby founder, TED speaker, author)

“If you have been put off music theory in the past, then this is the book to inspire and empower you.”
– Dr Victoria Williamson (Vice Chancellor’s Fellow researcher and lecturer in Music at the University of Sheffield UK, author of ‘You Are The Music’)

“Trust Ray, and in no time you’ll have a watertight music theory skill set 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)

“This is the kind of book I wish I had when I first started out.”
– Ihsahn (Emperor)

About Ray Harmony aka. Ray Holroyd

Ray Harmony has dedicated his life to using the power of music to inspire positive change in the world, which he does through Revolution Harmony. Ray is a British African based in Canada, and an award-winning music lecturer, composer, performer, producer, and journalist. He has been studying music for over 30 years, and teaching it for over 20.

Ray’s first No.1 single was back in 1996 in his birth country of South Africa, and during the last few years in Canada he’s been making music with multiplatinum Grammy-winning artists (Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Serj Tankian of System of a Down, Kool Keith of Ultramagnetic MCs, Madchild of Swollen Members, and many more), then donating all the proceeds to charities. Between his time in South Africa and Canada, Ray immigrated to England where he spent a decade lecturing music theory and composition at EHWLC in London, one of Britain’s largest colleges. He was the course director and lead internal verifier for the music department, and was honoured to win the college’s prestigious Vocational Qualification Hero and Learner First awards.

Ray’s education is a unique blend of ‘classical’ from the UK’s Royal Schools of Music (piano, guitar, and theory, all to the highest grade) and ‘contemporary’ from the USA’s Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, where he graduated from their guitar program. He also studied education and did his teaching qualification at EHWLC.

Ray has been writing for various music publications (Kerrang!, etc.) every month since 2009, and he used to be the editor of a guitar magazine as well, until he once again moved countries. He ran a couple of record labels, too, but nowadays he spends all his time making music, teaching music, and writing about music.

Listen to a Preview of “Vespers & Ray Harmony – Create/Generate (feat. Kate Harmony)”

In my musical journey I am now able to divide my music into two clear categories: stuff I wrote before working with Ray, and stuff I wrote after.

Ray and I have been working tirelessly in the studio and today we are excited to share a preview of our newest collaboration ‘Create/Generate (feat. Kate Harmony)’, and is a free sneak peek of what will be the featured song in Music Hacking with Electronic Musicians!

What skill level is this course?
All skill levels are welcome! You don’t need to be a pro at music theory, even if you are a complete beginner, Ray has included a pre-release of his brand new eBook “Hack Music Theory, Part 1: Learn scales & chords in 30 minutes” We strongly suggest that you take 30 minutes to 1 hour and read through this book at least once before watching the webinar recordings. (“The most brilliant, fast, easy, and fun music theory book I’ve ever seen!” – Derek Sivers (CD Baby founder, TED speaker, author).

Is this course applicable to my genre?
In a word – yes. The techniques we teach can be applied universally to virtually any electronic music genre.

How long can I access this course and the webinar video recordings?
You have access lifetime access to this course and the video recordings.

Are there downloads included in this course?

  1. An eBook copy of Ray’s “Hack Music Theory, Part 1: Learn scales & chords”
  2. All the MIDI files created
  3. 14 Music Theory Hacks for Electronic Musicians PDF of songwriting hacks for electronic musicians
  4. A MP3 of The 4-Hour Song #1: Revolution Harmony & Vespers – “Sudden September”
  5. Full Ableton Live Project file created

How do I register for the webinars after purchasing?
We offer our interactive webinar’s via a third-party platform called Webinar Jam. After purchasing the course you will be instructed on how to do this on the course page, in your My Library area. On this course page you will find the registration link on how to register for the webinars. If you are intending to attend the live interactive sessions you must follow these registration instructions to receive email reminders and reserve your seat for the webinars.

What if I don’t like the course?
We want you to be as excited about your course as we are. If for any reason you’re not 100% happy with it, we offer a no-hassle, no-BS, super easy 60 day satisfaction guarantee. Any time within the first 60 days after purchase we will refund your money.

What if I have trouble viewing the streaming videos?
Important: To get the best experience, we highly recommend you use the most updated version of Google’s free Chrome browser. This functions best with our streaming video players: Google Chrome

Can I download the videos?
No, but you have full access to all the video content after signing up. You can also access the videos from virtually any mobile device.

Are there any system requirements?
Yes, a broadband internet connection and computer, smartphone or tablet are required to watch the videos and download the course materials.

14 reviews for Music Hacking for Electronic Musicians

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brian (verified owner)

    Amazing course that breaks down music theory for any electronic musician! Ray’s hacks make learning theory so easy! I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn Ray’s shortcuts!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    marzybacchus (verified owner)

    This course is life changing, revolutionary! I’ve struggled for years to make sense of music theory even after studying it in college. Ray and Vesper simplify it in such an amazing way. And they make it so relevant to modern music with this course!!! Would recommend to beginners or even veterans!!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    bryanmurphy85 (verified owner)

    This Program is great for anyone wanting to learn theory without all the nonsense. This is one of the best theory courses i have seen yet. I would highly recommend everyone check it out. Ray has come up with the best new method to learning music

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    colin.19 (verified owner)

    After years of trying to understand the pieces missing in my productions, I found this course ! Ray and his method stripped back everything to its emotion when explaining music theory. His deep knowledge, genuine love of sharing,connecting and expansiveness can’t help but excite you as a student . Altered everything for me and I go forth as a Soldier of Counterpoint :)
    Cheers Ray and Vespers,you make a great team.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    somsays (verified owner)

    I have been reading my music theory for dummies book for years, this music hacking series explains music theory within the first 8 hours. I wish I had access to these videos years ago. Thank you Ray and Vespers :)

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    buckynumber9 (verified owner)

    This course simply explained music theory, which had seemed to be so complicated, until now. So much great information, and I’m already hearing the improvements in my music. If you’ve been wanting to learn music theory, but have been too intimidated, then this is the magic solution. I am so grateful to Ray and Vespers for all my new knowledge!!!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    taiowa84 (verified owner)

    In person this would be a $1000 workshop. If your at all struggling with music theory and composing songs this course will up your game. It’s a lot of info, over 12 hours, so you will have to do the work of fully absorbing the info and then putting it to use. My knowledge of music theory was probably beginning/ intermediate, but this course covers even the very basics!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    jrtonnesen (verified owner)

    I didn’t realize how little I understood about music theory until I took this class. I feel like I learned a new language.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    lucasmmorais (verified owner)

    Overall very informative. Learned several new ways to approach music theory and truly has elevated my music production quality. Recommend!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matt (verified owner)

    Music theory and composition are often avoided by electronic musicians due to how dry the subject seems, hence our over reliance on arpeggiated jams. Yes those tracks can sound great and are a lot of fun to make but when you consider just how many of them are being pumped out on a daily basis and how structurally similar they are to each other, then you have to admit that there’s not much future in it. The world needs more from it’s artists, a bigger commitment. Writing songs isn’t easy and is made less so by the opaqueness of most old fashioned music theory texts. Ray and Vespers give us a series of hacks that blow open the doors of understanding and show that, with a little application, anyone can tell the musical story they really want to.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeremiah (verified owner)

    The first song I wrote after taking this course is leaps and bounds ahead of my previous work. The concepts and the way they are delivered in this course are so helpful and easy to remember. I can talk way more intelligently now about how I compose music and always have a direct purpose in what I’m doing. I highly recommend this to anyone even if you are an experienced musician. Thanks Ray and Vespers!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matieu (verified owner)

    One hour and thirty minutes into the first Module, already blown away! This is exactly what I have been searching for. The Holy Grail of Music Hacking!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Neon (verified owner)


  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    laalaalovesu (verified owner)

    totally eye-opening! it’s like a window to a whole new world. I think if there’s one thing everyone should absolutely do in life, it would be this course. it’s liberating to understand why some things work together while others don’t. I’m eager to move beyond playing by ear and playing it safe with pentatonic scales. itching to write new music :-) you guys are my heroes!

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$99.00 USD

Additional information

Interactive Webinar Recordings


Total Length

12 hours

Skill Level

All levels welcome


All MIDI files used, "Hack Music Theory, Part 1: Learn scales & chords in 30 minutes" eBook by Ray Harmony