Rick Beato: Top 20 Acoustic Guitar Intros of All Time

Rick Beato: Top 20 Acoustic Guitar Intros of All Time

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Music Monday: The Top 20 Acoustic Guitar Intros of All Time

The guitar player picks one amongst the foremost memorable guitar songs of all time to play. the highest two picks: Here Comes The Sun and Roundabout, Roundabout and Over the Hills and much Away. The video has been viewed over 2 million times on YouTube and has over 2 million hits. The guitarist may be a father of three who encompasses a master's in music and is certified to show grades K-12 in grade-K-12. He’s got some credibility, and therefore the song has over 1 million subscribers to his YouTube channel.


Rick Beato has compiled a listing of his Top 20 guitar Introductions of all-time. Beato also counts guitar introductions from everywhere the globe.

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Besides of these great songs, the thing that impressed me the foremost was this guy’s ability to play of these songs off the highest off his head. I don’t know much about playing the guitar (I tried to show myself some years ago, and failed miserably), but this looks as if quite the feat.


So just who is Rick Beato? Here’s some info from his web site:


Rick Beato may be a musician, teacher, and father of three. Rick has worked as a writer/producer with various bands within the rock and country genres. Two albums that he produced for NeedtoBreathe – “The Outsiders” (2009) and “The Reckoning” (2012) – won Dove Awards within the Best Rock/Contemporary category. He co-wrote “Carolina” with Parmalee in 2013, which climbed to number one on the Billboard’s folk Chart. he's certified to show grades K-12 and holds a bachelor’s in music from Ithaca College and a master’s in jazz studies from the geographical region Conservatory of Music.

In other words, he’s got some credibility. Rik has near 1 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, and this video has over 2 million views.

Now on to the songs themselves.

First, I’m not really sure what he's trying to urge at when he talks about having a hook/signature and why Landslide wouldn't be considered a melodic hook. Anyway…

Here are some general comments on the video and therefore the musical selections:

  • loved seeing a Harry Chapin song make it onto the list
  • Rick’s right, I’m not familiar with Alice in Chains
  • I’m not sure why he doesn’t play the Heart song; is it a difficult one to learn?
  • loved the Fire and Rain intro
  • can’t go wrong with a Beatles song, and the opening to Here Comes the Sun is so recognizable
  • Roundabout brings back lots of good memories
  • Wish You Were Here is a classic
  • the opening to Over the Hills and Far Away is one of my favorites as well
  • I recognized the music, but I never knew the name of that Beatles song was Norwegian Wood
  • what’s with the Eagles and their copyright protection??
  • and is there any list that doesn’t have this song as Number One?
  • not sure why he switched guitars for one of the songs

I guess of the songs Rick has chosen, I probably would put Here Comes the Sun as my top choice, with Roundabout, and Over the Hills and much Away rounding out the highest three.

As to songs i'd have included on the list that aren’t on Rick’s list (many of those were triggered by reading through many of the 11,000 comments that the video has generated):

  • Landslide – still not sure why it can’t be on the list. I’d probably have it as number 1.
  • Tears in Heaven
  • Thick as a Brick
  • Dust in the Wind
  • Ventura Highway
  • Blackbird
  • Peace Train

I’m amazed what percentage of those songs seem to be from the 70s, which is that the musical era I most closely come with. undecided if that was the heyday of great music normally, or simply for acoustic guitars specifically.

Anyway, it had been a fun video to observe, and united person commented, “Anybody else out there that would have sat through Rick’s, “TOP 1,000 guitar INTROS OF ALL TIME” Ha! What a treat this was!!”

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