Web tip: "What Makes This Song Great"

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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.  

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