David Lingabee Songs & Songwriting

Step 7) How to Compose your Music – Part 19


Choosing instrument(s) and voice(s) and rhythm
Assigning the specific instrument(s) and specific type of voice(s) for each of the different melodies you have composed, would be done now, if not already.
That means, for example, although you composed a melody with your guitar or piano, you may now decide to play that particular harmony with a flute, or a violin, or a voice. Up to you.

Keep in mind what it is you want to communicate with your song as you blend your melodies, rhythms, and lyrics, so everything comes out as one coordinated message.

This part requires you become very intimate with your song, as you project its emotion and message through your singing and playing. 

You are now essentially finalizing how you want your song to sound and “feel” to a listener so it’s comes across as the emotional message you wanted it to clearly convey, with the end result that you know it not only touches you deeply, but will do the same for others who listen to it.

You will know when you have reached the needed level of intimacy with your song, as the melodies and lyrics seem to happen more effortlessly, and easily fall into their correct place more. You may also notice as you finalize more and more of your song your attention gets more and more extroverted and more directed towards who you want to listen to your song.

You calm focus will help
Composing at this intensity of focus becomes more real if you previously took the time to master the exercises noted in Step 1,     and the process talked about in  Step 3. Your best songs are usually composed when you are calmly focused and at ease with yourself, your creativity, your instruments, and your environment.

Practical Exercise for Step 7) Part 19
Emphasis for this exercise is on finalizing how you want your song to sound so that it matches your original intention for how you envisioned it would.
1)  Compose and record your drum pattern and any drum fills with a live drummer, or using a drum machine, and fit them into your song so they forward its clear and simple emotional message and give a predictable but expressive rhythm to it that makes you want to participate in your song while listening to it.
2)  Compose and record your bass lines to follow, weave in and out, and add to your overall song with all it’s harmonies.
3)  Listen to your song now with all its tracks sounding out and change, delete, add to or tweak anything you feel needs it.
4)  Re-listen to your song newly, as though you have never heard it before, and repeat 3) above until it’s just the way you want it to sound.
5)  Repeat 4) above until you are completely satisfied with your song.


End Result
You have achieved the confidence and certainty that you can take an inspiration, turn it into a song with all its harmonies and arrangements, including choosing instruments and voices, give it a rhythm that carries it into your very being, and is so aesthetically compelling that it engages you to participate with it in your own unique way. You also have an inkling it will create a similar effect on other listeners.

Important note
The sequence of composing a song with the lyrics first and then the music has been chosen as the Songwriting Model to base the info in this website on to give a foundation to work off.

It is understood that some Songwriters may prefer to compose the music first and then the lyrics, or compose them concurrently, or, write just a piece of music with no lyrics.

The author wants to you to know that how you deal with your own creative urge is always senior to everything in this website, so feel free to adapt the info within to your own preferred composing sequence.

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