Tony Arata – Songwriting Advice

Singer/Songwriter Tony Arata, most known for his Academy of Country Music Award-winning song, “The Dance,” performed by Garth Brooks, gives valuable advice to aspiring songwriters. Arata has also had chart-topping success with songs recorded by Patty Loveless, Lee Roy Parnell and Clay Walker as well as cuts from Emmylous Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Delbert McClinton, Don Williams, Reba McEntire, Suzy Bogguss and Hal Ketchum. Arata as also released two solo albums that feature both originals and covers while featuring a handful of musicians that have recorded his songs throughout the years, including Garth Brooks, Patty Loveless and Lee Roy Parnell. Visit for more information about our syndicated radio program, bi-monthly live events and annual festivals.

Author: RealLifeRealMusic1
Duration: 95
Published: 2011-06-03 04:27:24
Tony Arata – Songwriting Advice

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    Music is about sonic textures as well as melody. Think of the texture of a nylon string guitar as opposed to the texture of a steel string. Think of the texture of a piano, and the texture of a synth. Some of the same melodies played with different textures can completely change a song. The human voice sounds thicker with a chorus and reverb than a dry signal. Textures can bring out the best and worst in a song. We pay great amounts of money to get the ‘best’ texture we possibly can. That is why people buy expensive musical equipment over cheap pawnshop items. Distortion has a huge variety of different tones and sounds. Not every distortion pedal sounds the same. Why? For texture. Don’t keep using the same sounds, experiment with as many sonic textures as you can.

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