Rick Beato

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Rick Beato
Fairport, New York, U.S.[1]
  • YouTuber
  • record producer
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • mix engineer
  • musician
  • educator
  • Guitar
  • cello
  • double bass
  • piano
  • Universal Records[2]
Associated acts
Rick Beato
YouTube information
Subscribers1.43 million
(April 22, 2020[3])
Total views163,468,944
(April 22, 2020[3])
Associated acts
  • Rhett Shull
  • Adam Neely
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2019[4]

Rick Beato is an American YouTuber, record producer, songwriter, musician, and educator whose career in the music industry and in education has spanned several decades and brought him numerous awards and much recognition professionally[5].

A music education graduate from Ithaca College and jazz studies graduate from the New England Conservatory,[6] Beato began his educational career soon after graduating from NEC when he joined the music faculty at Ithaca. Though he never taught it, Beato is certified to teach grades K-12. During this time, he wrote an extensive textbook on music theory entitled The Beato Book, which he continues to update and sell via his website. While still teaching at Ithaca, Beato began his career as a performing and recording artist with the jazz and fusion group Rival Suns, with which he released one record.

He would go on to leave his position on the Ithaca faculty to pursue performance and recording full-time as a rock and alternative metal guitarist, most notably with the group Billionaire, which garnered much excitement from multiple record labels; after signing with Universal, the group released one LP, which failed to live up to the hype that had surrounded the group previously and the band split up soon after.[7] While recording Ascension with Billionaire, Beato taught himself the basics of music production and engineering after the group's producer failed to show up for numerous recording sessions; this led him to finish his self-taught studies in production and engineering and to shift his career towards producing, mixing, mastering, and songwriting for other artists and groups. During this time, he was signed to Sony/ATV publishing, was awarded two platinum records by the Record Industry Association of America, co-wrote a Billboard country number 1 song, and gained a reputation as a sought-after producer, engineer, and songwriter, especially among southern rock, Christian rock, and post-grunge bands.

Though his career is now mostly focused on creating content for YouTube and Instagram, Beato continues to develop for-purchase educational content such as The Beato Ear Training Method.

Early life[1][8][9][edit]

Beato was raised in the small New York town of Fairport by his mother, who worked in an American Can Company factory, and his father, who worked various jobs during his life including working for railroad companies in New York. Beato is part of a large family and is the sixth oldest of seven children. He started playing the cello in the third grade after scoring high in the Seashore Musical Aptitude Test, which the elementary school he attended used to select students to be taught to play musical instruments; in the seventh grade, he switched to the double bass but maintains he was never very interested in either. He picked up the guitar during the summer after seventh grade (1975) upon breaking his ankle, which restricted his motion; during this summer, he taught himself to play and developed a devotion to the instrument and music as a whole. His father was an avid fan of Jazz and his record collection prompted Rick Beato's interest in the style. In his early auto-biographical content, he informed viewers that studied at Ithaca after high school, he later disclosed that he also applied to the State University of New York at Fredonia and that he not initially accepted to either, only being accepted and enrolling as a music student after an additional year of intense independent guitar study and re-applying.

YouTube career[edit]

Upon urging and with support from then-intern and future friend and collaborator Rhett Shull, Rick Beato launched his YouTube channel entitled Everything Music in June 2016 with the video "Rick Beato Everything Music YouTube Trailer". His content focuses on music theory, ear training, music production, song analysis, interviews, top 20, and autobiographical storytelling. He regularly creates content for his highly viewed shows What Makes This Song Great, and Sounding Off which feature song analysis and interviews of musicians respectively. In response to the sudden and substantial success of his YouTube channel, Beato has mostly removed himself from other aspects of his career such as production in order to focus on his channel; he creates and posts several videos a week. In addition to his Everything Music channel, he started Rick Beato Live in 2017 to stream and upload live videos which tend to focus on subjects less suited to his more commercial, viewer and advertiser-friendly main channel.

Beato has collaborated on several occasions to make videos with other YouTubers such as Rhett Shull, and Adam Neely and has hosted artists such as Synyster Gates from Avenged Sevenfold on to be a part of his What Makes This Song Great videos on their music.

Several of Beato's videos discuss his ongoing problems with copyright claims on his videos which feature clips of famous recordings or performances of other songwriters' material. He says many of his videos have been demonetized and some, such has his What Makes This Song Great video on Yes's song Roundabout have even been blocked; he has dubbed the copyright owners who request that YouTube block these videos "Blockers". He has expressed that he feels these "Blockers" are "destroying" the future of rock music's relevance by denying him the ability to educate people of all ages on the theory of popular rock and pop music[10].

In 2019, Beato's subscriber count passed 1 million and he was awarded the Gold Play Button by YouTube, certifying 1,000,000 subscribers to his Rick Beato channel.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Rick Beato lives with his wife and children in the greater Atlanta, Georgia area, where he has lived since the 90s. His son Dylan is the subject of several videos on his channel, most of which focus on Dylan's perfect pitch, prodigal musicianship, and ear training[11]

Awards and accolades[edit]

RIAA certifications[edit]

These statistics were compiled from the RIAA certification online database.

  • Leave a Whisper: platinum (October 2005)[12]
  • Carolina: platinum (July 2015)[13]

Discography (as an artist)[14][edit]


  • Goodnight Sky (1998)
  • Ascention (1999)

Rival Suns[edit]

  • Feel (1993)

Discography (as a producer/engineer/songwriter)[14][edit]

Trey Anastasio[edit]

  • Bar 17 (2006)

Atlas Road Crew[edit]

  • Halfway to Hopkins (2015)

Owen Beverly[edit]

  • Drunk Lover EP (2003)

Blind Joe[edit]

  • By the Fans, for the Fans (2016)


  • Live Under the Sun (2003)

Boys Like Girls[edit]

  • Crazy World (2012)

Bridge to Grace[edit]

  • Origins (2015)


  • We All Bleed (2011)

Dark New Day[edit]

  • New Tradition (2012)

Decyfer Down[edit]

  • Crash (2009)

The Duke[edit]

  • My Kung Fu Is Good (2005)


  • Songs for the Restless (2003)

Markus Fagervall[edit]

  • Echo Heart (2006)


  • Rolling (2001)


  • Welcoming Home the Astronats (2001)


  • All That Remains (2005)

Framing Hanley[edit]

  • The Sum of Who We Are (2014)

Green River Ordinance[edit]

  • Fifteen (2016)

I Nine[edit]

  • Live EP (2005)

Ingram Hill[edit]

  • June's Picture Show (2004)
  • Look Your Best (2010)
  • Ingram Hill (2012)


  • Between the Dim and the Dark (2004)


  • Running on Adrenaline (2002)

King Konga[edit]

  • Something Good (2001)

Left Front Tire[edit]

  • Social Icon (2000)
  • 42 Ways to Lose a Friend (2003)

Michelle Malone[edit]

  • Hello Out There (2001)

Charlie Mars[edit]

  • Charlie Mars (2004)

Muddy Magnolias[edit]

  • Broken People (2016)

Nashville Pussy[edit]

  • Up the Dossage (2014)


  • The Six Track EP (2005)


  • The Heat (2007)
  • The Outsiders (2009)
  • The Reckoning (2011)

Papercut Massacre[edit]

  • If These Scars Could Talk (2009)


  • Feels Like Carolina (2013)

The Rising[edit]

  • Furture Unknown (2003)


  • Leave a Whisper (2003)
  • Us and Them (2005)
  • Live from the Inside (2005)
  • The Sound of Madness (2008)


  • Choking on Sugar (1996)

Corey Smith[edit]

  • The Broken Record (2011)


  • American Pie 2 (2001)
  • American Wedding (2003)
  • Raising Helen (2003)
  • Herbie: Fully Loaded (Original Soundtrack) (2005)
  • Elizabethtown (2005)
  • Saw IV: Music From And Inspired By Saw IV (2007)
  • P.S. I Love You (Original Motion PIcture Soundtrack) (2007)

State of Man[edit]

  • In This Place (2009)

12 Stones[edit]

  • Anthem for the Underdog (2007)

Stuck Mojo[edit]

  • The Great Revival (2008)


  • Immortal Verses (2007)

Tender Idols[edit]

  • Tender Idols (1996)
  • Step on Over (1999)

Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown[edit]

  • The Wayside (2015)

Various artists[edit]

  • Bands for America (2001)
  • Happy Meals Volume 3: Songs To Run Away From (2002)
  • Handpicked, Vol. 1 (2002)
  • Handpicked, Vol. 2 (2003)
  • Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen (2005)
  • WOW Hits 2009 (2008)
  • The 12 Bands of Christmas, Vol. 6 (2008)
  • WOW Hits 2011 (2010)
  • Wow #1s: 30 #1 Christian Hits (2011)
  • Word: Six Decades of Hits (2011)
  • WOW Hits 2014 (2013)
  • Now That's What I call Country, Vol. 7 (2014)

Von Grey[edit]

  • Awakening (2013)

Weekend Excrsion[edit]

  • Take Me Home (2002)

The Working Title[edit]

  • Everyone Here Is Wrong (2003)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "The Story of My Musical Background - Rick Beato Everything Music". YouTube.
  2. "Credits, Rick Beato - Allmusic". Allmusic.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "About, Rick Beato". YouTube.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "GOLD PLAY BUTTON UNBOXING 1,000,000 Subscribers!". Rick Beato.
  5. "Rick Beato, Profile". Discogs.
  6. "Endowed Chair Schedule: Rick Beato". College of Arts & Sciences School of Music. University of Alabama. 12 November 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2020. …holds a bachelor’s in music from Ithaca College and a master’s in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory of Music. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "Rick Beato, Charleston Music Confab speaker". Charleston Music Confab.
  8. "How This Song CHANGED My Life America". YouTube.
  9. ""Fortunes of Hard Work: Why You Should Never Give Up"". YouTube.
  10. "When a Guitar Lesson Becomes Controversial". Ozy Media, INC.
  11. "Meet Dylan, the Atlanta child whose ear went viral". Cox Enterprises.
  12. "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Recording Industry Association of America®. 21 October 2005. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  13. "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Recording Industry Association of America®. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Credits, Rick Beato". Allmusic.

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