David Lingabee Songs & Songwriting

Step 7)  Summarizing so far the Music Composing Process – Part 21




Keep your attention on the following when composing music for a song 
The order listed out for the previous Parts 1-20 is a guideline that is workable. The creative process varies from person to person, so the order in which they are done could vary also.
Ideally, they are all still part of your finished song, given they are the basic actions and components that up make a Great Song.


Step 7 Pafrt 12Key points to remember in songwriting 
When using a key, a scale, or a chord, you are looking at a sequence of notes in a predetermined format.

Which note you play, and which note you play next and so on, gives you your melodies. 

How long you let a note sound for, and which instrument or voice you use, gives you many different sounds.

Creating chords using one of those single notes as the root note of the chord, adds a fuller richer sound.

A simple look at composing a melody could be taking a simple chord such as C Major, which has the notes, C E G, and experiment with those 3 notes for hours, creating many unique melodies that you could then turn into great songs, adding chords to those 3 notes, and so on.

While there are many keys and scales and chords, the essence of a great song is how intensely you infuse yourself into every note you play and sing. This could include among other things, your intention, attention, passion, and necessity to connect, so as to make melodies which aesthetically communicate, and emotionally and spiritually inspire yourself and your listeners.

Adding voice to the notes adds a whole other dimension to how the notes sound and feel.

Digital effects are commonly used now, and they add their own unique variations of sounds to notes, chords and voices.

The length of silence that you put in between notes and chords creates an effect all on its own, and should be experimented with as you compose.

Learning to play and getting very familiar with as many keys and scales and chords as you can, will give you more and more ideas for great songs.

step 7 pt 12 rhythmMore on rhythm (includes timing, spaces, emphasis & speed) 
The rhythm communicates a specific emotion and a unique feel to a song. You can use a specific rhythm to get across more exactly what you are intending to communicate to your listeners.

Notice the rhythm  in this performance and the effect it creates in you. Now listen to • this performance and the different effect it creates within you as it builds into a main rhythm.
And for a more complicated look,  this performance has many different jazz rhythms within it, played by two of the greatest musicians on Earth today. 

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