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What is "The Hook?"

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by COBRARI, May 9, 2010.


  1. COBRARI

    COBRARI

    Apr 16, 2010
    Sacramento
    I did a search and couldn't find a definitive explanation on the term.
    What is a perfect example of "The hook?"

    Would the bass playing on "We Gotta Get Out of this Place"
    be considered a hook?
     
  2. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Qu├ębec
    IMO

    "The Hook" was Jamerson's right index finger.
    He played with only one finger in his right hand technique, resting his other fingers on the bell & the thumb not fixed muting unplayed strings.
     
  3. COBRARI

    COBRARI

    Apr 16, 2010
    Sacramento
    I agree and I think (It's been a while) in the book "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" that he was just a one finger player on a lot of those monster hits.
     
  4. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man

    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool:

    I agree with the Jamerson reference.

    The Hook, is also what makes the song, or groove special.

    The song "Sunshine Of Your Love" Cream.

    The bass line is the hook. (DA DA DA DA- DA DA DA- DA-DA DA :D)
     
  5. jschwalls

    jschwalls

    Sep 4, 2007
    Savannah GA
    the hook is the familiar phrase or groove that defines the song..

    Imagine if you've never heard the song before and as soon as you do it seems strangely familiar... usually it is some melody that makes you say.." that's what makes the song! "
     
  6. blockinlay

    blockinlay

    Feb 21, 2009
    Phila Pa
    A rhythm change
     
  7. J-Razz

    J-Razz

    Sep 24, 2009
    KS
    I'd consider that a "hooky" bass line, but musical hooks in general are usually found in the chorus.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hook_(music)
     
  8. The hook is the part of the song that you hum while you're on the toilet.
     
  9. braydensharrar

    braydensharrar

    Feb 21, 2009
    California
    I couldn't have said it better myself

    I believe this was the type "hook" the OP was referring to.

    Leave it up to bass players to immediately jump to Jamerson. :rolleyes:

    There's only one other type of Hook I know of besides these two, but I'll leave Dustin Hoffman out of this. :D

    ~B
     
  10. Richland123

    Richland123

    Apr 17, 2009
    A memorable riff, musical phrase, chorus, lyric, vocal line, can all be the "hook" of a song. Most catchy songs have one hook but there are also some that have two.

    A few songs that have an instantly recognizable and catchy opening riff or hook as well as a catchy chorus or hook are.

    Another One Bites The Dust
    Down On The Corner
    Play That Funky Music
    My Sharona
     
  11. ausf

    ausf

    Jun 24, 2008
    New York
    It's the thing you find hanging off the car door handle after narrowly escaping from the homicidal one armed maniac.

    I thought that was common knowledge.
     
  12. somegeezer

    somegeezer

    Oct 1, 2009
    England
    In a pop song it would most likely be the riff played in the chorus. But not always is this the case. Also it's a fingerstyle way of playing with only 1 finger.
     
  13. One of THE MOST memorable 'hooks' is the bass thump in "My Girl".

    It stands alone as one of the most recognized hooks in music.

    G--C-C--G--C-C--G--C-C--
     
  14. Droot

    Droot

    Dec 29, 2006
    ^^^
    "the hook" by "The Hook"
    DRoot
     
  15. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    The hook is the thing (whatever- lyrics, instrumental lick, background vocals, anything) that grabs the listener and makes them remember the recording. Could be the riff to "Sunshine of Your Love" or "Day Tripper", the "beep beep um beep beep yeah!" on "Baby, You Can Drive My Car", the bass solo on "You Can Call Me Al", the reverse-gated snare drum entrance on Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight", etc.

    It's whatever "hooks" the listener into the song.

    John
     
  16. "The Hook " is the part of the song that grabs your attention. You may move your head or tap your hands or feet to the music or sing that portion of the song which usually is the chorus. It's the part of the song that starts to pick up and groove.
     
  17. dpbass613

    dpbass613

    Feb 21, 2009
    yeah all a hook is, is a memorable melody of the song, any instrument or vox can create one.
     
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