David Lingabee Songs & Songwriting

Step 7) How to Compose your Music – Part 1


Very quick summary of How I Compose Music

NOTE WELL: Remember you are the source of your own musical ideas. That means you have the ability to tune in to your own musical and lyrical creations, whether created in the past, or right NOW!

You will know when you have tuned in to one of your own musical or lyrical ideas. You will feel it emotionally, or feel the message you intended, or something that is familiar to you.

When composing a song you will be tuning into yourself and your own very personal creative world, and doing that multiple times during the complete process until you feel you have created exactly what you envisioned for your song.

An analogy to help you understand the above
When you tune into an older type radio using a dial, you will observe yourself turning the dial continuously until you hear your desired communication (radio energy waves) you want to listen to, whatever that may be.

Tuning into your own musical and lyrical ideas is sorta similar. Instead of tuning into a radio station’s energy waves you are tuning into those musical or lyrical ideas you made within your own world using your own energy waves, which you then naturally want to play or sing so you and others can hear how it all sounds.

That process is explained in much more detail in How to get those musical ideas out of your head.

It all becomes easier the more you do it.

Below I summarize how I connect with myself to write the music for a song so I end up eventually with a Great Song.



The BIG IDEA behind re-listening objectively to each recorded instrument and voice after you record it, is to make sure it re-inspires and emotionally captivates you as a listener to add in some more of your own create.
You also tend to develop your own • intuitive sense for how it will inspire and emotionally captivate your listeners to add in their own create to it as well.

That means when your listeners hear your CD or live performance, they immediately become telepathically inspired and emotionally captivated to instinctively add in some of their own create, because the song invites them to.

The above creative process is one you should always try to maintain throughout the making of your song.

In life, if you wanted someone to get interested in what you are saying, you would invite them to get interested in some way by intending your desire through words and other forms of expression, and in that way they feel your urge to participate emotionally with what you are saying to them.
Entertaining people with your song is similar.

A Songwriter/Performer uses words and musical sounds driven by their urge to invite you into their own creative world so you also become inspired and emotionally captivated to make their song your own by instinctively adding in some of your create to it.

When you make  your song your own, you will notice that it tends to telepathically invite your listeners into your own world, which inspires them to instinctively want to make it their own too.

The more of YOU they feel and perceive while listening, the more they will feel it is a Great Song, and that is accomplished by making every part of the song totally your own.

A spiritual being and their unique communication is invisible to the naked eye, which is most likely the only reason writing a Great Song can seem mysterious at times.

The average person may not want to face the idea of invisible spiritual communication directly, but they can easily experience that invisible spiritual communication while listening to a song created by someone who made it completely their own while recording it.

THAT is the spiritual quality people yearn for and are able to experience easily while being entertained.

The more of THAT present, the greater chance your song will become a Great Song.


Here we go:


Step 1)  Using a drum machine or live drums, create or choose a rhythm which clearly communicates the message and emotion of your song so well that when re-listening to it, it re-inspires and emotionally captivates you to add in some more of your create so it feels more your own.

If you have already composed a basic melody for your song, this would be a good time to choose the rhythm for it, which clearly communicates its message and emotion.

Step 2)  Now create and record a melody using an instrument of choice, if not already done, on top of the rhythm you just created. When re-listening to it all it should now re-inspire and emotionally captivate you to add in some more create so it feels more your own, and, you start seeing more clearly how to complete your song.

Step 3)  Keep repeating 2) above with your remaining tracks of created melodies, including voices, bass and a full drum sound.

After recording each instrument or voice, re-listen to it as an objective listener, and ensure you feel the song and its message re-inspire and emotionally captivate you into adding in some more create so it feels even more your own.
Then repeat that process with the next instrument or voice recording and so on until you have recorded everything you want in the song.

Step 4)  Keep listening to the mix over and over, and finalize any arrangements you want, while ensuring each instrument and voice is clearly and individually heard in a balanced way alongside every other instrument and voice.
Also ensure the song continues to clearly and distinctly generate its very own unique quality of re-inspiring and emotionally captivating you as a listener of it to add in even more create, eventually resulting in the song feeling completely your own.

Step 5)  At this point simply continue listening to your song over and over, changing anything you want and so forth, and, if you do it for long enough you will find yourself suddenly OWNING the song, because you have certainty you have brought to life exactly what you envisioned for it, and realize it is now well on the way to becoming what is commonly called a Great Song.

End result: the above unique magical experience in 5) above is a pure spiritual one, and you’ll also know you can do it again and again, no matter how long it takes.

For writing lyrics plus learning everything about how to write and perform Great Songs including how to invite your listeners and live audience to own them just like you do, complete  this program.


The main focus of this website
The main focus of this website is not musical techniques, but on you the spirit, and some spiritual and mental techniques that will help you unlock seemingly otherwise locked doors that mystically lead into your own creativity, and your innate ability that you already have to write a Great Song.

You’ll discover as you go through this website and become more and more familiar with your own creativity as a SPIRIT, that THAT is where your great musical ideas for a Great Song originate from, and which YOU as a spirit, silently transmit telepathically to your own virtual workspace within your own creative world for molding into a song.
Then you intend those formulated ideas on to your body for playing so it can be heard by others.

As an aside note: even if you feel your musical ideas only come from your mind, if you can, try to observe that YOU are observing those ideas in your mind, which means YOU are participating in those creative ideas if only faintly. (smile)

Instrumental techniques and theory
Instrumental techniques and musical theory have already been covered very competently by others, including You Tube and the general internet, and several of those videos and websites have been linked to for their info.

If you prefer to use your own instrumental technique and musical theory info then use those by all means.

The author though, did decide to simplify some things he felt were needed, like for example these  musical basics,  and these  practicing methods. The rest can be found interspersed within the   How to Write & Perform a Great Song menu as you go through its steps.

Conditional: It is not recommended that you partake in any free online course or exercise linked to in this website unless you have a genuine and willing desire to do them.

This website has a specific purpose
The main purpose of this website, and focus as stated above, is to put you into the driver’s seat of your own true inner creativity, and be able to infuse that into your songs.The rest will easily follow if you can keep that in mind as you create.

Even if it may be hard to see yourself as separate from your mind and body, I assure you that the magic you seek for writing and performing a Great song is within YOU and always has been, and always will be.

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