David Lingabee Songs & Songwriting

Step 7) How to Compose your Music – Part 18



Harmony & Disharmony (Counterpoint) 
Here is some more info to help you get a better grasp on  Harmony & Disharmony (Counterpoint)

Here are  two Masters of Counterpoint in action.

Composing harmonies and disharmonies against your main melody is a very intuitive and inspirational process.

It will involve you constantly deciding what sounds express your aesthetic  and creative intuitions for how you want your song to sound, plus, the emotions you want to create for your listeners, so they feel touched by your genuine intention to make their life better, or happier, or more pleasurable, and as a result feel genuinely compelled to respond to it in their own unique way.

Practical Exercise Step 7) Part 18
The emphasis on doing this exercise is to get you used to composing melodies you like, and that you feel complement and enhance your main melody, and thus forward the emotion to your listeners so it touches their inner being and gets them to respond in some way.

1) Do  this exercise to get you in the mood for creating harmonies and disharmonies.

2) Create and record your main melody if not already done per the structure location for it and where it repeats.

3) Playback your main melody and start improvising melodies against it until you perceive intuitively one that complements and enhances it, and above all, you like it.

4) Record that harmony or disharmony you just created out of nothing on a separate track to your main melody.

5) Now listen to both melodies newly and make sure you like them. Re-record at will if you feel the need until you like the overall sound.

6) Repeat points 2) through 5) above until you have all the instrumental harmonies and/or disharmonies you want for your song. If you want to choose the specific instruments for each harmony you can do that now or as part of Step 7) Part 19 which is the subject of the next page.

7) Now create your voice harmonies and disharmonies on a separate track while listening to all the tracks you just recorded.

8) Now listen to all the tracks you have recorded together, and re-record any track of instrument or voice you feel you need to.

9) Now add any more voice tracks you want.

10) Now listen to all the tracks you have recorded together, and re-record any instrument or voice track you feel you need to change in some way so you really like the sound.

11) Now sit back and calmly listen to your whole song with all the tracks.

12) If you feel anything needs to be tweaked or changed, re-record that track or tracks now.

End Result
You are certain your song sounds just the way you want it to, and you also have an inkling that others will like it too.

 Click here to go to Step 7) – Part 19

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