David Lingabee Songs & Songwriting

Part 2 – Practicing using sounds you want to compose with



Practicing using sounds you want to compose with
There are some simple and useful apps available online that aren’t expensive and some are free, that give you chords, keys and scales you can choose from. Practicing using the ones that catch your attention will tend to lead you closer to a composed song.

You can also listen to these various scales, choose one that you like, and start playing it backwards and forwards and other variations, until you are familiar with it. By playing any scale with both hands at the same time backwards and forwards if your instrument is piano, is a good exercise for improving your coordination and playing ability. Do the same with any chord progression or note run.

Figure out similar types of exercises on your favorite instrument, and play the scale(s) you want to use in  all the many different keys until they become second nature.

ALWAYS do the following at the same time you play a sound
While you are learning or practicing any note, chord, scale, or their sequence, in whatever key you have chosen, get into the habit of always sounding out with your voice the same sound you are playing.

That simple action alone will improve your ability in EVERY aspect of your playing and composing and improvising, as you’re training your physical hearing to become familiar with your own intelligence in differentiating sounds till it becomes SECOND NATURE in your playing. 

If you do this consciously with every note or chord you play, your ability to play by ear will increase faster than if you do it sort of consciously, but not quite.

If you can play the notes, chords, and their sequences in any key and scale you like without thinking, you have mastered a major part of composing, as you now have easy access to all the many combinations of musical sounds that have the potential of becoming a Great Song of yours.

Inserting the many chords and chord progressions into the many scales and keys, plus how to time, sequence and arrange them all into melodies and songs you like, will take you where you are trying to go artistically.

Here is an exercise that is part of Step 7) How to Compose your Music that is designed to help you in your playing and singing.

Conditional : it is not recommended you do the different methods of practicing in Parts 2, 3, 4 unless you are willing and interested, as their degree of personal participation required maybe more than what you are accustomed to.

Click here to go to Part 3 – “A more disciplined way to practice”

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