David Lingabee Songs & Songwriting

Part 1 – An easy way to practice with the best musicians in the world



One of the easiest and fun ways to compose while you practice is to play with your favorite musicians. Just turn on your recording or video of them and start playing along with them.

You will naturally figure out if you want to play exactly what they are playing which is great musical discipline training, or improvise off their playing which leads you into creating your own melodies. This goes for voice training as well.

If you want to improve a specific aspect of your playing or singing ability, find the musician or band that does it the way you want to play or sing like, and concentrate on just that aspect of their performance as you play or sing along with their recording or video.

You can continue to do the above for any new musical ability you want to achieve.

Just duplicating what someone else is playing can be a really helpful first step in developing self discipline, which you’ll need for your own creativity. It’s one of those simple actions that doesn’t seem to become obvious in its value to you until you’ve done it for a while.

You’re just learning how someone else communicates what you already have interest in by duplicating what they have intended and how they think, just like getting to know someone you like or love. It takes time but helpful in the long run for playing with other musicians, or, composing and playing alone.

The nice thing about the above technique is you can play along with the best musicians in the world, in the comfort of your own home, choose the exact ability you want to attain or improve, learn it at your own pace, and all on your own schedule.
And as stated above, this duplicative way of practicing will inspire you to improvise your own melodies as you play, if you consciously make that decision to create some.

Being a compassionate and kind critic to yourself while doing the above increases your own self confidence, which is always a good thing if you want to be a great Songwriter and Performer.

Conditional: it is not recommended you do the different methods of practicing in Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 unless you are willing and interested, as their degree of personal participation required maybe more than what you are accustomed to.

Note: another interesting result from doing the above type of practicing for long enough is you become so technically competent with your playing and singing you don’t have any attention on your own playing, and can concentrate completely on staying connected with your audience which is the connection you need to maintain for your success.

Things that can interfere with your practicing

Click here to go to Part 2–A way to practice and compose at the same time

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