Support journalism that matters to you

Since COVID-19 impacts us all and we want everyone in our community to have the important information they need, we have decided to make all coronavirus related stories free to read on While we are providing free access to articles, they are not free to produce. The newsroom is working long hours to provide you the news and information you need during this health emergency. Please consider supporting our work by subscribing or donating.

Web tip: "What Makes This Song Great"

Get the weekly rundown
Sign up to receive THE FUN never stops!, our weekly A&E newsletter

Producer/engineer/songwriter Rick Beato hosts this webcast where he breaks down and analyzes the structures of songs and explains how they're put together. He talks about each section and the individual instrumental and vocal parts, as well as studio techniques, theory, and his own plainspoken insight into what the artists were thinking and how they put the tune together. There are dozens of episodes — one song per each — and include a variety of styles from such diverse artists as Tears for Fears, XTC, Blink-182, Toto, Tool, Boston, System of a Down, Genesis, Tom Petty, the Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Yes, Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins, Coldplay, Van Halen, and so many more. It probably helps to have a bit of musical background, but Beato is so personable and clearly invested that it's fun to watch and learn at any level.  


Loading comments...
Hide Comments