Rick Beato

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rick Beato
Rick Beato (cropped).jpg
Beato in 2020
Personal information
Richard John Beato

(1962-04-24) April 24, 1962 (age 61)
EducationIthaca College (B.A.)
New England Conservatory of Music (M.A.)
Occupation(s)YouTuber, musician, educator
YouTube information
Years active2015–present
Subscribers3.41 million[1]
Total views563.8 million[1]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers2017
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers2019

Last updated: 6 April 2023

Richard John Beato (/biˈɑːt/ bee-AH-toh; born April 24, 1962[2]) is an American YouTube personality, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and educator. 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.[3] He is now known for his YouTube channel, Everything Music, on which he covers different aspects of rock, jazz, and popular music, and he interviews well-known musicians and producers.

Early life and education[edit]

Beato was born into a large family in Fairport, New York, a suburb 9 miles (14 km) east of Rochester. He was the sixth of seven children, with two sisters and four brothers. His family life was highly musical; at an early age he was introduced to the rock music of the 1960s by his older sisters. His mother's siblings and father were musicians and music teachers, and there was always music of many different eras and genres playing in the house. He started playing cello at the age of seven, at thirteen he transitioned to the double bass and at thirteen he started playing guitar. He initially learned to play guitar by ear and trained himself, after several years he began his formal training in the instrument from a neighbor who owned a local music store.[4]

After graduating from Fairport High School in 1980, he studied at Ithaca College, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical bass. He earned a master's degree in jazz guitar studies from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1987.[5][6][4]


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 College of Music.[8]


Beato owns Black Dog Sound Studios in Stone Mountain, Georgia,[9][10] and he began recording bands there in 1995. He ran the record label 10 Star Records with business partner Johnny Diamond.[3]

Writing credit[edit]

"Carolina", which he co-wrote with Parmalee in 2007, reached number one on Billboard's Country Airplay chart on December 20, 2013, and has sold a million copies.[11][12][6]

Signature guitar[edit]

In 2021, Gibson previewed a Rick Beato signature Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cut. The guitar is offered in a special TV Blue Mist finish with P-90 pickups and Beato's signature on the truss rod cover. This model is one of Gibson's few signature guitar models not associated with an artist or associated with a particular act.[13]

Other contributions[edit]

YouTube career[edit]

A YouTube video of his eldest child, Dylan, who has perfect pitch and is able to identify individual notes within complex chords after just one hearing,[15][16] received three million views, causing Beato to decide to parlay this social-media fame into a full-fledged YouTube channel.[17] As of May 2023, the YouTube channel has 3.4 million subscribers.[18]

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.[19] He posts videos on music theory and production techniques, song lists (like "Top 20 Acoustic Guitar Intros"), and interviews with artists, producers, and other music industry professionals.

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 such as fair use.[20][21]

In February 2023, Beato released on his YouTube channel an extensive interview video with Keith Jarrett, made at Jarrett's home and home studio after Jarrett suffered two strokes; it received nearly half a million views in its first few days of publication and was praised by journalist and radio veteran Bill King.[22]


  • The Beato Book – A Creative Approach to Improvisation for Guitar and Other Instruments.[23]


  1. ^ a b "About Rick Beato". YouTube.
  2. ^ "Turning 60...Rick's Birthday Bash!". Rick Beato, Youtube. Event occurs at 2:06. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b "The Captain meets Rick Beato" (Video). Andertons Music Co. on YouTube. April 9, 2023. Retrieved April 13, 2023.
  5. ^ Martin, Reed (November 8, 2019). "When a Guitar Lesson Becomes Controversial". OZY. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Endowed Chair Schedule: Rick Beato". music.ua.edu. The University of Alabama. 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. ^ "Rick Beato shares first look at his signature Gibson Les Paul Special". Guitar.com | All Things Guitar. April 19, 2021. Retrieved May 5, 2022.
  14. ^ Betts, Stephan L. (August 24, 2016). "Hear Muddy Magnolias' Socially Conscious 'Broken People'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  15. ^ Hellmuth Margulis, Elizabeth (2018), The Psychology of Music, Oxford University Press, p. 82, ISBN 9780190640170
  16. ^ Thompson, Alan D (September 2016). "Fostering intelligence in the womb". Journal of Australian Mensa.
  17. ^ Hansen, Zachary (February 21, 2017). "Meet Dylan, the Atlanta child whose ear went viral". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  18. ^ "Rick Beato". Retrieved October 22, 2022 – via YouTube.
  19. ^ Hackworth, Martin (April 24, 2020). "Kid Charlemagne". Idaho State Journal. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  20. ^ "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.
  21. ^ "How Does the DMCA Contemplate Limitations and Exceptions Like Fair Use?" (PDF). judiciary.senate.gov. Committee on the Judiciary. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  22. ^ "Rick Beato Interviews Keith Jarrett". FYIMusicNews. March 7, 2023. Retrieved March 9, 2023.
  23. ^ Bakert, Bob (May 26, 2020). "Rick Beato: Behind the Curtain". Jazz Guitar Today. Retrieved October 9, 2020.

External links[edit]