David Lingabee Songs & Songwriting

Part 3 – A more productive and disciplined way to compose while you practice



Composing while Practicing using your own necessity to connect

 Click here for a more in depth explanation of your own necessity to connect.

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

A further explanation of your own necessity to connect could be described as a self created and inspiring reason or purpose for playing something, that is devoid of your normal considerations and thoughts, and instead, has in it an unusual amount of your own creativity and passion that you know is enough to captivate your listeners and get them responding. Being able to do that constantly is the ultimate artistic ability to master.

Constantly creating your own personal necessity for practicing means, that you keep causing your body to play or sing continuous great melodies that you keep thinking up. That concept could also be applied to songwriting and performing.

Sometimes you may experience a spontaneous inspiration that affects your whole being, and as a result it seems to instinctively intensify your own necessity to connect your song to others all by itself.  Great Songs are often born out of experiences like that.

Sect F-pt 3At what point will you need to consciously create your own necessity to connect for your song?
As you embark on this route you will find you don’t always have inspirational experiences happen to you, or, you may feel you don’t have enough motivation or reason for the song you are currently creating or performing. Well, that’s when you need to consciously create it. 

That would mean figuring out a motivational enough reason for doing the song that not only inspires creativity within you, but also makes you want to give it your all to your listeners so that they feel your newly inspired passion, and they feel the purity of your intention.

Necessity levelComposing while Practicing with necessity quickly improves your playing and singing skills

Necessity is the mother of invention, and the practicing method of playing what you keep thinking up will benefit you to the degree that you keep inventing or creating your own necessity at a “self motivating enough level” that keeps you constantly thinking up great melodies for your body to play.

That “self motivating enough level” would be as variable as whatever you decide at the time is motivating enough for you.

The less time you take between thinking up the melody and then playing or singing it, will not only improve your playing, but improve your ability to keep thinking up melodies.

Jazz musicians continually practice creating their own necessity for inventing melodies, and apply that technique constantly in their performances. It’s also called improvisation, or jamming.

That type of practicing and playing is to some degree what separates out jazz (or a similar type of creative music) from other types of music, and attracts listeners and players to it who love the excitement and joy from how spontaneously out of thin air the musician can continually think up and play great melodies for extended periods, with great passion, and never miss a beat. 

The truly great musicians and singers seem to have the ability to connect and captivate their audiences in the above magic they are creating, anytime they perform, which is the greatness that people recognize and always want more of.

Sect F pt 3-benefitsOther benefits of composing while practicing using Your Own Constantly Created Necessity
The more melodies you create while practicing in the way detailed above, the more chances you’ll have of hearing that unique melody you instantly know will make a great song, and which, you then should go ahead and finish while it’s still fresh.

You could apply the above idea of creating your own necessity to connect to anything you do, which would make the idea of “burn out”‘ a thing of the past.

It’s a creative process you get better at the more you discipline yourself to do it, whether by yourself, or playing along with your favorite recording or DVD, or other musicians that like to do it too.

The more effortlessly you can use the many scales, keys, notes and chords and their many progressive patterns on your instrument, or with your voice, the more choices of sounds you have to practice with as above, and create Great Songs with.

Any Songwriter or musician who can improvise beautiful spontaneous melodies anytime they want, that instantly come out as polished songs (or instrumentals) that many listeners connect with, probably knows they’ve mastered their craft, and is most likely very successful too.


Practicing part 3A way to help you create your own necessity to connect is to make  every part of your song your own. That process gets you so familiar with every part of your song that your own necessity naturally creates upon itself as you go. But, that also assumes the basic premise that you genuinely feel your song is important enough to present to the world, and which because of that importance, will surely pressure you into making certain it is actually good enough to present when completed.


Sect F - part 3 - bottomIdeally, your familiarity with your own ability to create your own necessity level to connect with yourself and others, play your instrument, sing, inspire,  becomes so second nature to you, that writing a Great Song becomes very natural for you. • How to Write & Perform a Great Song was carefully written so you can learn how to do that.

Click here to go Part 4– Exercises to improve your ability to connect with your listeners


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