Rick Beato

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Rick Beato
Personal information
BornRichard John Beato
(1962-04-24) April 24, 1962 (age 59)
EducationIthaca College (B.A.)
New England Conservatory of Music (M.A.)
OccupationYouTuber, music professional, educator
YouTube information
Years active2015–present
Subscribers2.72 million[1]
Total views387.5 million[1]
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2019

Updated: January 7, 2022

Richard John Beato[2][3] (born April 24, 1962) is an American YouTube personality, musician, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and educator. Beato's YouTube videos about music regularly get over one million views. Since the early 1980s, he has worked variously as a musician, songwriter, audio engineer, and record producer, and has lectured on music at several universities. Based in Black Dog Sound Studios in Stone Mountain, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, he has produced for and worked with bands such as Needtobreathe, Parmalee, and Shinedown.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Beato was born into a large family from Fairport, New York, a suburb nine miles east of Rochester. After graduating from Fairport High School in 1980, he studied at Ithaca College, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in music.[5] He earned a master's degree in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1987.[6]


Beato has been a session musician, university lecturer, songwriter, studio engineer, mixer, and record producer. He has lectured at several universities, including the University of Alabama[7] and Berklee School of Music.[8]


Beato owns Black Dog Sound Studios in Stone Mountain, Georgia,[9][10] and began recording bands there in 1995. He ran the record label 10 Star Records with business partner Johnny Diamond.[4]

Writing credit[edit]

"Carolina", which he co-wrote with Parmalee in 2013, reached Number 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay Chart on December 20, 2013, and has sold a million copies.[11][12][5]

Other contributions[edit]

YouTube career[edit]

Beato joined YouTube in 2006 but didn't upload until 2011.[16] After posting a video of his eldest child, Dylan, who is able to identify individual notes within complex chords after just one hearing.[17][18] This video of his son's display of perfect pitch received three million views, causing Beato to decide to parlay this social media fame into a full-fledged YouTube channel.[19] On August 27, 2019, Beato received the Golden Play Button from YouTube when he reached 1 million subscribers.[20] as of December 2021, the YouTube channel has 2.7 million subscribers.[21][19][22]

Beato's channel is under his own name, although he introduces every video with the title "Everything Music". One series in the channel is called What Makes This Song Great?, in which Beato deconstructs and discusses the elements of popular songs. The videos in the series regularly get over one million views.[23][24]

In one video, Beato enlists the help of Bon Jovi guitarist Phil X and virtuoso guitarist Eric Johnson to re-interpret the guitar solo on Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven". Beato and Phil X play the guitar solo in the styles of Peter Frampton and Eddie Van Halen, respectively, while Johnson plays it in his own style.[25]

Several of Beato's YouTube videos, including those about Radiohead and Fleetwood Mac, were issued take-down notices because of copyright claims. In July 2020, Beato testified about his experiences on YouTube before a United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary reviewing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and considering limitations and exceptions like fair use.[26][27]


  • The Beato Book – A Creative Approach to Improvisation for Guitar and Other Instruments.[28]


  1. ^ a b "About YouTube channel". YouTube.
  2. ^ "The Hardest Video I've Had To Make". YouTube. November 30, 2020. Retrieved December 1, 2020. How can I do this Richard?
  3. ^ "The Day John Lennon Died". YouTube. December 9, 2021. Retrieved December 9, 2021. My middle name is John...
  4. ^ a b Oyer, Kalyn (September 4, 2013). "Rick Beato has helped produce some of Charleston's best bands". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Endowed Chair Schedule: Rick Beato". music.ua.edu. The University of Alabama. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  6. ^ Martin, Reed (November 8, 2019). "When a Guitar Lesson Becomes Controversial". OZY. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  7. ^ "Endowed Chair Schedule: Rick Beato – School of Music". music.ua.edu. University of Alabama. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  8. ^ "Creative Entrepreneurs Conversations: Rick Beato". college.berklee.edu. Berklee School of Music. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  9. ^ "Black Dog Sound | Rock from Stone Mountain, GA". ReverbNation. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  10. ^ Walljasper, Matt (February 17, 2021). "YouTuber Rick Beato explains why your favorite rock song sounds so good". Atlanta Magazine. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  11. ^ "Parmalee". Billboard. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  12. ^ "Gold & Platinum". riaa.com. The Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  13. ^ Betts, Stephan L. (August 24, 2016). "Hear Muddy Magnolias' Socially Conscious 'Broken People'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  14. ^ "Herbie: Fully Loaded [Original Soundtrack] - Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  15. ^ "Raising Helen - Original Soundtrack | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  16. ^ "Rick Beato - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved January 7, 2022.
  17. ^ Hellmuth Margulis, Elizabeth (2018), The Psychology of Music, Oxford University Press, p. 82, ISBN 9780190640170
  18. ^ Thompson, Alan D (September 2016). "Fostering intelligence in the womb". Journal of Australian Mensa.
  19. ^ a b Hansen, Zachary (February 21, 2017). "Meet Dylan, the Atlanta child whose ear went viral". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  20. ^ Beato, Rick. "Gold Play Button Unboxing 1,000,000 Subscribers!". Google. Retrieved October 13, 2020 – via YouTube.
  21. ^ Beato, Rick. "Rick Beato". Google. Retrieved October 9, 2020 – via YouTube.
  22. ^ Steinberg, Don (August 5, 2020). "It's Never Too Late to Start Your YouTube Career". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  23. ^ Hackworth, Martin (April 24, 2020). "Kid Charlemagne". Idaho State Journal. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  24. ^ Beato, Rick. "What Makes This Song Great?". Google. Retrieved October 9, 2020 – via YouTube.
  25. ^ Bienstock, Richard (October 6, 2020). "What if Eric Johnson or Eddie Van Halen played Jimmy Page's iconic Stairway to Heaven solo?". Guitar World. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  26. ^ "Senate IP Subcommittee Hearing Addresses Intersection of DMCA and Fair Use". Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property. August 4, 2020. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  27. ^ "How Does the DMCA Contemplate Limitations and Exceptions Like Fair Use?" (PDF). judiciary.senate.gov. Committee on the Judiciary. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  28. ^ Bakert, Bob (May 26, 2020). "Rick Beato: Behind the Curtain". Jazz Guitar Today. Retrieved October 9, 2020.

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