Fortunes of Hard Work: Why You Should Never Give Up 

Rick Beato
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In the spring of 1980 something happened that was to alter the course of my life forever. I have told only a couple of my closest friends about this and no one in my family has ever heard this. I thought i would share it with you. Thank you for being here for me!
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26 Jan 2017



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@jonparker3994 4 anos atrás
Rick Beato, you honestly literally save people from suicide. Your enthusiasm and genuine humility is absolutely contagious. You are an embodied Angel!!!🔮
@snoman5618 4 anos atrás
"It was unbearable but it did not deter me." Gave me chills for a month, I found this at a great time, thank you man.
@chamakdewan7497 5 anos atrás
I have no possible explanation.But when i see and hear Mr. Rick Beato, it feels like he is the Musician Godfather I never had. So, thank you Unc Beato. You are awesome.
@RickBeato 5 anos atrás
You’re welcome!
@jivanbansi9640 9 meses atrás
Professor Beato
@anwyllonmusic 6 anos atrás
Hey a great story teller! That is a gift in itself.
@AshStJohnmusic 6 anos atrás
Anwyll Music agreed
@joshjamesboyd 8 meses atrás
Wow! What a great story. It’s so inspiring to know your humble beginnings after starting to follow your channel at the lofty height of seeing you interview Sting and then to know the rejection you must have felt and to has achieved so much in your career says so much about your character and determination! Thank you so much for sharing this story and for your incredible channel.
@mikepostdrums 6 anos atrás
The amount of similar stories is astounding. I've heard this in one version or another many times before, but this story told a whole new level of "fake it til you make it", haha! Great story - thanks for sharing, Rick.
@skeletonshorror5184 3 anos atrás
You bring so much joy to my life. I’ve been making art for 35 years and it’s not a lifestyle for the faint of heart. I can tell you’ve been through the ups and downs so your videos mean that much more. God bless you and your family! 💀🔥
@Gelato556 5 anos atrás
Rick, you and I have a very similar story. I got rejected on my first music audition, and then re-auditioned and became a music major in the Spring of my Freshman year. As of May I just graduated with a degree in music and received an award for top student of my program. Your story resonated with me so well.
@michaelmarcuola1684 2 anos atrás
Very inspiring story Rick! I'll keep it in my mind. Thank you
@MarloweDK 6 anos atrás
Great story Rick, and the bottom line is ever valid. Regarding myself - 30% talent plus 70% hard work has gotten me pretty far , and still now age 56, i practice al the time and learn new instruments as well
@brettvogelmusic 5 anos atrás
90 percent sweat 10 percent talent! There is no substitute for persistence!
@@brettvogelmusic Yes, there is. It's called luck and money. And unless you have a lots of both...
@tarstarkusz 2 anos atrás
I do not believe a single word of it. He claims he "forgot" the most pivotal moment of his life? He was so embarrassed he "almost" quit entirely, yet doesn't remember it until someone reminds him?
@lotusholder 2 anos atrás
@@downtownbillyandthenewjivefive Luck, money, and other advantages like background are not insignificant- they can make crucial differences- but in terms of longer-term development of skills and excellence, and in terms of deeper well-being, hard work, persistence, and perspective are required- although- although- a big chunk of one's relative happiness also seems to be linked to the temperament with which one is born. But beyond that, fulfilling one's 'range' depends upon oneself.
@@lotusholder I used to believe that. But it's not true. I used to believe that there was no obstacle that could not be overcome. That, also, is not true. I've been doing this a long time, kid. The spoils almost always go to someone with privilege. They fear people like me. Because once we show them the truth, they see what a load of horse manure they've had shoveled into their ears. I provide my other post below as evidence of this. I make great music. No one cares because I'm not famous. Also, you have to actually LISTEN. Lots of people say they like you, but when push comes to shove, you're all alone. We are actually in a time of extremely limited music. Why? Because the audience is preoccupied with their phones. So only loud, obnoxious noise gets through.
@dpinskey 2 anos atrás
I was listening to your story about your personal history and love how inspirational it is. How you persevered despite being rejected and how you were even accepted as a peer to play beside your music teacher, Steve is just awesome. Then when you mentioned playing at a bar in Elmira, New York, I couldn’t help but wonder if it might have been the same little bar at which a band I drummed for back in ‘84 had also played. Can’t remember the name, but will never forget that we drove all the way up from Harrisburg, PA and there was a big snowstorm that night and we wound up playing for just two girls who had braved the storm to come out and they just sat there and just quietly stared at us the whole night.When we finished playing our sets the girls approached us while we were striking our gear and said, “ You guys are the best bend we have ever seen.” To which I responded, “ Thanks, but we couldn’t really tell if you liked us or not. You didn’t clap or anything.” Anyway, that’s my Elmira, NY story. Gotta love Rock n Roll. Doesn’t matter if you play for two people or thousands. Play it like you mean it and people will love it!
@barisakpolat 6 anos atrás
As a music journalist who lives with music and tries to learn and discover as much as possible about music, i'm really interested in your your stories. Please keep on spending time for us. Please keep on telling us your eyes opening, mind expanding stories on music. Thanks for sharing Rick.
@francobonanni3499 5 anos atrás
Thank you so much for you story it is inspiring. Beethoven had few real lesson...and I believe he is an auto didactic. Yet his genius went a long way over. The same with Gershwin. I try my best but not enough...I play well butmy compositions are me out if you can.
@MartianTom 2 anos atrás
Hi Rick. I've just commented on your recent Fortunes of Failure video - which is what led me to this. Again, I can relate. I was clearly a bright and imaginative child, and learned to read, write and tell the time before I started 1st Grade. But I failed abysmally at school. I couldn't grasp so much of what was being crammed into us. I was bullied, labeled a dunce and a failure, and finally left at age 15 with no qualifications. I went to work as a farm labourer, which was practically the only job I could get. I accepted that I must be 'thick'... and yet there was something inside me that told me there was far more to it - and that I'd been failed rather than the other way around. Fast-forward to 23: I take an IQ test and am admitted to Mensa, with an IQ of 158. Ten years later, I graduate from university with an Honours degree in English and American Literature. I've gone on to become a published writer... and also (at the late age of 56) to discover that I have Asperger's Syndrome. This latter accounts for many of the problems I've encountered in life, right from first starting school: social interaction, social communication, methods of learning, depression and anxiety, etc. But I've come through. I gone ahead in spite of the obstacles. I've proven all those teachers, critics and nay-sayers wrong. Good message, my friend. Don't give up. Follow your own head, and follow your own path. Success and fortune are relative concepts, and take many shapes. Only by pressing ahead with life, and rising above the failures, can we truly discover what this whole thing is all about... and why we, as individuals, are here.
@lancelawhorn4630 4 anos atrás
Rick that is an awesome story!!! Take away...never give up, persevere because ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! Thanks for sharing such close personal details about your life & what it takes to become successful in life & the music industry!
@louispconstant6624 9 meses atrás
This channel and now also your course is honestly the best thing to happen in my life in the last 10 years regarding self esteem, creativity and just general purpose in life. I cannot thank you enough. x
@tdubveedub 6 anos atrás
Thank you, Rick, for your encouraging history. My musical life has taken a huge detour (forty years?), but the impetus to create has always been with me. I am now finally actualizing it, attempting to create music worthy of a listener's time. I sang for a number of years in a semi-professional choir, and highly recommend it for solidifying tonal relationships and melody. Anyway, thank you for your work and here goes...
@TheUtuber999 4 anos atrás
Your story is truly inspirational, Rick! Thank you for sharing it.
@Saxement 6 anos atrás
When you say "all these people take time out of their days to watch my videos and they're so gracious" do you know what I think? I think: "I'm so glad that someone finally explains music theory and so much more on a level that I connect with!" What I mean to say is that it's not us, but YOU that makes the kind of content that we want to watch! I hope you will keep up the amazing content for years to come! Love from the Netherlands.
@paddycautela 6 anos atrás
Thank you Rick ! I'm 41yo looking to finally doing a bachelors degree in music . Cheers :)
@jonc8561 6 anos atrás
You can do it! Best of luck!
@ameyagundale 6 anos atrás
paddy cautela .. hope to do it myself.. exactly my age and my aspiration.. all the best .. take care.. couldn't start music all my life.. just started seriously 6 months back
@FolkBluesWebKeeper 6 anos atrás
Joe Gerac
@bronxkies 6 anos atrás
paddy cautela right on, brother! May God bless you in this endeavor!!
@kassistwisted 2 anos atrás
Sometimes you need a rejection to really cement your resolve and make you realise you really want to do this. Thanks for sharing your story with the world!
@kamk8232 5 anos atrás
You are to be commended for keeping your eye on the prize and pursuing your goal at such a young age. Too many times kids the same age just do what is expected of them as opposed to chasing what interests them. Kudos to you, sir!
@ThomasLebeaumorley 6 anos atrás
Can't get enough of your channel. So much knowledge to offer. I'm thankful for your effort in educating people. The mix tutorials are on another level to everyone else.
@kellykent131 Anos atrás
What a wonderful story. Rick thank you so much for sharing your life experience. It gives me hope for the future. ❤️
@markward9350 6 anos atrás
Great story, really inspirational - not only a fantastic musician but also a very gifted and natural storyteller too.
@briandietrich1373 5 anos atrás
Thank you Rick. It took me three tries to get accepted by the US Navy for a commision as an Officer. Never give up on your dreams!
@Error404xxx 4 anos atrás
I've almost quit a couple times but always keep at it, so listening to something like this almost brought tears to my eyes, this is inspirational on so many different levels
@rosscraig8587 Anos atrás
Grit, persistence, and the willingness that you have to pick yourself up and try again...Man....My man, you are a one of a kind. I'm beyond grateful in knowing that your insight on a topic is always going to be right there for when I find myself in a rut. Learning from you has moved mountains in me. You can't get something like that from just anyone. I am very happy and grateful. Some say it's the little things in life that make you happy, but this concept of what you do is no where near the same vicinity as something badass.
@davidbroadfoot8834 6 anos atrás
Wow thanks Rick for your excellent story. I am a self taught sax player and I often find myself filled with doubt and the urge to just say "forget it". Truly being as you said resolute about your goals and having the desire to pursue them is the only true way forward.
@wowerman 6 anos atrás
Thank you for sharing the story Nick. What it tells you is that concequence of hard work backed by personal drive is fruitful.I only started music production 2 years ago. Within last 12 months I have nearned a lot of musical knowledge and sound engineering.Satisfaction is the greatest prize.
@arthurp4857 2 anos atrás
So I’m listening to your story & my jaw is dropping. I graduated HS in 1980 and went with my parents to Ithaca to audition for the music dept. Although I wasn’t accepted (luckily -went into art/design instead), I may have bumped into you if I had gone there!
@seanwebber7289 2 anos atrás
Any viewers of Rick's really owe it to themselves to watch this. Such a great story.
@Brian-Martin 5 anos atrás
As an experienced musician of over 30 years on multiple instruments, I so very much enjoy your videos. There is little you can teach me, but there is some you can, which I appreciate. Just wanted to say "Thank You" for doing what you're doing!
@HadesZerox 2 anos atrás
I'm glad you didn't quit, because you inspire us all to be better musician and actually teach us, thanks for sharing your experiences! The journey goes on!
@lucabiolzi1767 5 anos atrás
You are everything I ever wanted to be. I only wish I had discovered your channel before quitting music... but I feel blessed you're out there, anyway. Your videos, tutorials and stories make my days better and musical, everyday.
@melitacollins3 6 anos atrás
Thank you so much for sharing your story; it's so inspiring to hear how you worked so hard when it would have been easier just to give up and move on. I should be going to bed, but all I want to do right now is go over to the piano and start practising!
@brushcl 3 anos atrás
Wow, this hits me in the gut! So many parallels to my own early story. As a fellow Rochesterian, I was very familiar with Fredonia and Ithaca, those were schools I also considered. I too relied on talented friends to help me learn to teach myself guitar out in Webster. I learned mainly by ear, but was interested in reading, but never really found a teacher who I could relate to. I knew I had talent, but had no idea how to make use of it besides writing songs and improvising. Meanwhile I listened nonstop to Miles, Weather Report, Genesis and Zeppelin. A couple years later, I struggled with learning and *understanding* the repertoire for college auditions. Part of it was that I didn’t see a reason to study a single instrument (guitar) to the exclusion of everything else related to music - e.g. composing, recording, arranging, soundtrack work, etc. At that time, (and in my little bubble in Webster) finding a path in music seemed abstract - literally nobody knew any more than I did. I look back now and wonder why it was so hard to get good information? Anyway, once I realized that I wouldn’t be able to compete with students who had been basically groomed for the process their entire life, I gave up on studying music at that time and gravitated toward media and film studies, which allowed me to stay involved in music on many levels. But part of me was still unfulfilled. So as a sophomore at SUNY Buffalo, I remember seeing my guidance counselor about it, and remember him telling me to give up trying to study music because the acceptance process was too rigorous and it was too late. The coda is this: a month before graduation, I ventured to the music school one day (to see John Cage - I was lucky enough to meet him and spend time talking with him in an anechoic chamber there, which is quite pithy if you know Cage’s work). Anyway, afterward I stumbled into a rehearsal studio and spoke with a professor there about my media studies and what was next for me. When I told him about my experience trying get a chance to study music at UB, he told me that my guidance counselor should have known that there is a COMPOSITION major at UB which would have been a perfect fit for me and had no audition required. I’m not blaming him, because I should have been more curious, but I’ll never forget how I felt at that moment. Such a dunce! Eventually I was able to parlay my media studies to get work in the music recording field and worked in Rochester at PCI and as a freelance engineer and assistant for film and video production, which allowed me to work on interesting recordings with top musicians. Bottom line is: listen to Rick and don’t just give up. Ask questions and question authority.
@karlopalenzuela7915 2 anos atrás
This the best motivational and touching Rick Beato video! And the heartbreaking blockages in our path just makes us tougher because of our calling to touch people's lives through the power of Music and Salute to Rick for keeping the fire burning! Nothing can ever Stop our creativity and this story is a testimony!
@daveowens 5 anos atrás
Great story Rick. We have a somewhat similar story...I too was a track guy in HS, broke some records, etc, but all I could think about was music. Thanks for sharing your story.
@jakecarney7406 5 anos atrás
It's very reassuring to hear that someone with so much knowledge (at least now) has also felt that very specific feeling of embarrassment and frustration that comes along with playing music and sharing that with others during the whole very long process of musical growth
@ukulelefoote 6 anos atrás
As a Cubs fan and someone who quit on music once, this man is absolutely on point! ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN! Thank you sir. Lovely story.
@rnhrdt9161 2 anos atrás
Love your channel. You are an inspiration and putting your amazing talent to good use.
@stelioskmusic 5 anos atrás
Great story Rick, thank you for sharing. Respect for working hard and not giving up!
@fleshtonegolem 6 anos atrás
Great story. Someone told me once, "If you want to make a living making art for yourself, give it ten years. It takes a long time to build up your voice/sound/perspective and hone it into something worth paying for."
@donnaoberlin3431 3 anos atrás
If you want to go to music school, make sure you have a teacher who has a degree or knows what it’s like to audition. That being said, sometimes underachievers need the incentive of a failure to make them realize their potential. The sting of failure is a real motivator for some people. Look how far Beato has come just on grit alone- love it!
@tomrodriguez6568 2 anos atrás
"Anything can happen if you work hard enough" I love you, Rick! What a great story! Thank you for sharing!
@guenemocn 4 anos atrás
Thank you very much for that. I‘m preparing for a degree in jazz guitar too at a conservatory here in vienna and this is just a perfect motivation to try even harder and not give up and just what i truly needed. Thank you very much. I love your channel 🙏
@gradydrago 5 anos atrás
Rick, you have a _great_ channel and amazing content. Thanks for sharing such wisdom - especially something as personal and inspiring as this post. I immediately shared it with my family.
@Gonzaskate77 6 anos atrás
Rick, you are such a HUGE inspiration, thank you so much for everything you do
@Stef1955 2 anos atrás
I think a lot people, no matter their talents in life, can relate to your story. Thanks!
@cje9553 3 anos atrás
Thanks Rick for sharing. Your story is amazingly inspirational. I’m 58, and while I never learned to play an instrument, I’m watching your educational videos to learn music - and perhaps even learn to play the electric bass (my family bought one for me for Christmas awhile back in hopes that I might learn to play it, so far it’s collected a ton of dust).
@scottnewton2507 3 anos atrás
Now that is an honest and great motivating story of your life. Thanks Rick!
@sebastian1200 Anos atrás
Great story! The conclusion is to never give up. If you’re get kicked out the door you’ve to try to get through the window.
@toddbernstein3407 5 anos atrás
Thank you for sharing such a terrific and inspirational story. It goes to show that persistence can really pay off.
@MrBassflute 6 anos atrás
Awesome and inspiring story. Thank you for this wonderful channel. I have learned so much from you, man. I am deeply appreciative. Even at my advanced age, you can still get better in this game if you work at it.
@finaljesus 2 anos atrás
i love that you had come full circle and taught there you are such an inspiration to me as well as other people i also love jazz and have been wanting to learn how to play it for a long time now but can’t find a teacher in my area that teaches that thank you for the wonderful story God bless you and your family always
@arunachalamusic 2 anos atrás
Absolutely inspiring. Thank you for sharing Rick.
@bobbysimons9022 6 anos atrás
Great story! I'm an older-than-you upstate music major (Crane - piano - SUNY Potsdam) who can identify with everything you went through. Your success is inspirational. I saw another comment from a person who said, among other things, that he had "a very different personality than you, so I wasn't making friendships and connections to support continuing." This is key: in this and your other great bio video I felt that your personality and 'sure, I'll do that' confidence was every bit as important as your natural ability, if not more so. So many of the successful musicians I've worked with were equally blessed.
@RalphValenzisi123 6 anos atrás
Rick, not sure if you remember but I was one of your first students back in 87 at Ithaca . I remember many nights watching you play at places like the Nines or in the student Center and your relentlessness to make sure all of us who studied with you worked hard to achieve our goals. The passion that you instilled in me helped me in getting a degree in Jazz Guitar( I transferred out to DePaul) but your work ethic actually stuck with me and has helped me become successful in education as an administrator ( my career for the last 20 + years). It's great to see your passion has not changed - keep it up!
@courtmarr5714 2 anos atrás
Coming here from the future to look at the full story from the past. I just have to say, starting guitar at 30 for the reasons I did, and then listening to your story, gives me hope and definitely shows what you can do / accomplish if you persist. Thanks Rick!
@ChrisBeyerMedia 5 anos atrás
Thanks a lot Rick. All of your motivation and talent has now made you a much better musician.
@lucasfagervik4989 6 anos atrás
Thank you so much Rick. I am 15 years old and my biggest dream is to become a music-composer. I learn almost everything from your videos. So again, thank you for sharing this great story
@mystictwilight4933 6 anos atrás
I wish you the best of luck :) If you would like any film scores to study from, I'd love to send you some :)
@lucasfagervik4989 6 anos atrás
Thank you so much! I would really appreciate that:)
@juancpgo 6 anos atrás
If you focus 100% on this goal from 15 years of age and on, the sky is the limit! There’s a great book to learn the basics workings of music: “Tonal Harmony” by Stefan Kostka. It’s the best intro to understanding music I’ve ever seen. You can just grab it and read it, it’s not hard to understand.
@lucasfagervik4989 6 anos atrás
Thank you. I will:)
@softailspringer9915 3 anos atrás
What a story, Rick! I’ve been playing guitar for more than 50 years now. Through all the ups and downs, the twists and turns of life it’s been the one constant for me and the best friend I ever had. I’m a pretty decent guitar player but still nowhere near where I want to be! So I work at it every doggone day and love it as much as the first time I ever picked it up!
@tripp8833 2 anos atrás
Rick , you are the rare combo of someone who is popular & a real guy. Usually its one or the other. Thanks for spreading your knowledge and love of music.
@billyvitale8994 6 anos atrás
Rick... I watch your videos almost every day... what you are doing is beyond amazing.. this story .. truly inspirational.
@andrewkim6037 2 anos atrás
Great story Rick, way to go!
@jamus0505 2 anos atrás
This video connected with me more than any other instructional videos I've been watching from you for over a year probably now. I went through similar struggles as a saxophone perf major through elementary high school in Atlanta and college at Troy State AL and UGA, first chair in high school and failed most my other classes except music but I was still an outsider and preferred to shoot from the hip on intuition and improvisation through my ear instead of the book but always tried to study. So many heartbreaks with family expectations to go into proper business but always and still wanting to follow my own path on guitar. I played in the 1:00 jazz bands on both instruments but didn't have the proper training. Still trying to make up for it today. High school track coach wanted me to do hurdles but I turned him down. I've taught hundreds of kids how to play guitar but I'm still so behind. Went to GIT in Atlanta in 86 with Jimmy Herring teaching and it's still a burning desire to improve and find peace with it. It's an inspiration for me to see how your intestinal fortitude got you to where you are today. Thanks, Jamie, Cartersville GA
@peterland2824 6 anos atrás
your humility and willingness to share gives much strength to so many other people! :) thank you!!
@RickBeato 6 anos atrás
+Peter Land Thank you Peter!
@dalekay9ine 2 anos atrás
@@RickBeato Wow, the audio is so much better now. I only started following about a year and a half ago. I absolutely love your channel and can't get enough. I've been playing drums since 1999, and guitar since around 2005. I'm from Cincinnati, OH but I actually lived in Atlanta for 7 years. I was in 3 active band at one point while living in ATL. All 3 bands were different styles as well which really helped with keeping my chops up. One band was indie-psychedelic rock, one was hip-hop with live instruments, and the third was pop-rock with a slight country-ish flare and a female vocalist Sydney Eloise and her equally amazing and talented boyfriend and producer/ studio owner Damon Moon. Damon produced and tracked the other two bands I was in and it was a pleasure playing with Damon and Sydney. I truly believe her album is good enough to have made it onto the charts to this day. It was my first time playing drum parts that were wrote by someone else and it was a big eye opener and helped me greatly. Anyways---- I REALLY wish I would have known of you when I lived down there. I would have loved to have had the opportunity to have met you and/or especially had the chance to record at your studio. Do you still use your studio to record projects? I've been sitting on a pile of solo songs that I've had from 2006-2020 and I've actually narrowed them all down to a 6 song EP titled "Knock, Nock, Nocturnal" but I've kinky demoed the songs on garage band on my phone and have always wanted to record them properly in a real studio setting. Keep up the great work Rick, I hope you know you bring a lot of knowledge and more importantly possibly, JOY to many peoples lives. Thanks for all the work that goes into to these videos. Sincerely, Dale Kay P.S.- Also running track helped in your trajectory of your path as well. Wild how life works.
@Scarlet_Host_Guitars 5 anos atrás
I think this story and many that you’ve told should be turned in to a Movie! Love your channel Rick - loads of information and inspiration! \m/
@spchaledonnj68 4 anos atrás
Thank you Rick for being an inspiration to us all including me. This really inspires me.
@derekkemp1155 5 anos atrás
Well over 76,000 people know this story now... So inspiring! Thankyou Rick!
@stilldreamin57 2 anos atrás
Rick, your love for music is infectious, and again, another great Rick Beato video/story. I keep telling my musician friends to check you out. I'm shocked how many of them don't know you, so there's still a treasure trove of Rick Beato lovers just waiting to discover you and I'm doing my part to spread the word. It's no accident that your son is who he is!
@jamespodgurski1285 5 anos atrás
great story Rick thank you so much. so much great information in your book. I'm 73 years old and still learning every day. I first started to study guitar in 1957 I got out of the navy in 1966 and have pursued guitar since. you are awesome thanks for being there.
@adapotato53 2 anos atrás
What an inspiring story Rick. Thank you for sharing your story. Life has strange twists and turns. Funny how the universe works because your story came across to me today when I needed to hear it. My 20-ish yr. daughter is having some difficulties, one being school. I'm going to share your story with her later today. I feel it may give her some honest insight on dealing with her troubles at the moment in a positive way. Thanks.
@globalmonkey007 5 anos atrás
Thank you, Rick. Your story is truly inspiring.
@SendilSelvan 5 anos atrás
Thank you so much for sharing your story Master Rick. To speak the truth is the boldest thing one can do...😌🖖🏾🤟🏾
@blogwiser 4 anos atrás
Every now and then I stumble upon a video here that really focuses the mind. Sometimes groups, oftentimes lessons for guitar and keyboards, but occasionally I find something like this. This story sounds so familiar as far as the eras lived through, beginning performing in '72, but points out that one thing I quite lacked- dedication. I watched the video with Frampton this morning, and immediately found Beato's groove. Thanks, man, for the story as much as the lessons. It means more than I have the ability to describe. Peace.
@justinaskins2156 2 anos atrás
Thanks for sharing this story Rick! Such an encouragement
@BeauJames59 3 anos atrás
The energy I got from this story is gonna help me all week. You're a musical Buster Douglas, the guy who wasn't supposed to qualify, then you metaphoricallly got the knockout.
@itsgoodtobegood 6 anos atrás
Wow, what an inspiring story, Rick! It really shows that you can achieve your dreams if you are dedicated and work hard. Thank you for all the work you put in your videos and all the knowledge that you share with us :)
@LBRSpeed 4 anos atrás
Great story. Congrats on having the will and persistence to turn things around! You've inspired me to begin my guitar music theory video course I've been staring at across the room for about six months now. You have another regular viewer! Thanks for all you do, Rick.
@raymitchell9736 2 anos atrás
This is a powerful story! Inspiring... it shows what you can achieve if you don't give up... and how things can radically turn around. The thing that brought it home for me was that your office as a professor was exactly where your started and flunked out, it must have been surreal... WOW!!! As I imagine what that must have been likey, I have no words to express other than very awesome! Thanks for sharing.
@trondog1755 Anos atrás
Oh man Rick this was a incredible story , I felt so bad for the terrible rejection from Steve the professor almost brought a tear to my eye , but your ability to persevere and focus was phenomenal I salute you Rick and thank for sharing this story with us. ….paul t
@bigjimjr100 4 anos atrás
WOW! what a story of life! I am a Vietnam vet and at the age of 70 I am just beginning my musical journey. I did become frustrated with the piano but after listening to your story I am motivated to journey on! Thanks!
@JazzzRockFuzion 6 anos atrás
Goosebumps, Rick. Thanks so much for sharing your story; very inspiring.
@WilmerLebron 6 anos atrás
Rick!! What an amazing story! It reminds me so much of my own story!! I failed to get to the Conservatory of Music from were I'm from TWICE!! But, I made it happen on the third try!! It was so frustrating and depressing but I faugh through it!! Thanks for the story! I really appreciate it!! 🎸🎶
@juanchiviris1 6 anos atrás
me too, i was rejected 3 times at the conservatory,
@Li-yt7zh 6 anos atrás
it's the last time that counts though ;)))
@kc329191 2 anos atrás
Rick, you are a rock solid dude. I never played any musical instrument. In high school I wanted to play drums and have a band. My defeatist attitude stopped that. But I really enjoy learning from your channel. I have no regrets.I became a good listener of music though (LOL). I appreciate your work on this channel- always great and informative.
@markhedges1194 2 anos atrás
Hi Rick, so glad I saw this video! I had a music assessment on Drums at University yesterday, and it didn't feel at all as though it was going to plan, and no where near the level of standard in my rehearsal at home. It almost felt like a slow motion car crash emotionally, which I guess we can all relate to from time to time. So much so when I came home, I avoided playing the drums since. Just a few minutes ago, I watched your video feeling quite down, and it lifted me more than you can imagine. Then I remembered what my Dad said to me before he passed away in August, keep going, the timing is right for you all these years later, to live your dream and pursue your real career goal finally. Mom and I are behind you 100% he told me, and would support me every step of the way. Even after yesterday, I'm not giving in! I've waited 39 years for this opportunity to pursue a Degree course in the field I love, so there is no way I'm giving up now, this is literally my last chance. So I just wanted to say, how time timely Praise The Lord, that I should your video about your experience. It's given me great hope, and challenged me not to give up the fight to achieve what I wanted to embark upon 39 years ago! Thank you so much Rick! God bless, Mark.
"Anything can happen if you work hard enough". ... and when you work hard enough, everything can happen. I have enjoyed listening to you late into my African dusk. You have made a difference by adding something of great value to my perspective. Thank you, Sir. and Kind regards. Keith.
@Musicienne-DAB1995 3 anos atrás
As someone who has repeatedly failed in most things and quit so many times, this video is INVALUABLE. Thanks so much Rick!
@zachyoutube 5 anos atrás
Great story. Had something very similar happen to me. No one knows you better than you know yourself and if you are confident you can do it, then do it.
@Lantanana 4 anos atrás
That story almost made my stomach hurt while you were trying out the first time. It is such an emotional and and scary thing to fly away from home the first time. I did not have an easy go of it either, finding my way in life. Thank goodness we only have to go through that one time. The whole time I was wishing someone had give you more guidance, but at the same time, too much guidance makes people weaklings, so perhaps it is best for it to be hard at first. I am glad everything worked out for you in the end! I am really enjoying your channel, btw.
@SuperAlfaDogg 5 anos atrás
Thanks Rick. Amazing story. Very inspirational. Would love to hear your critique of the movie "Whiplash". Any real life eccentric maniacal instructors like that in the real world? Thanks again.
@MaDshowonhere 4 anos atrás
Thank you for telling this story. I have a similar story. I got rejected from my dream school and backup school the first time I auditioned, and this video helped my gain the courage to audition again, and I made it in!
@jrb123able 5 anos atrás
Thank you for being so honest... a rarity today. I absolutely love the way you present music and life... much, much appreciated!
@silverbackdrd 5 anos atrás
Great story Rick. I always value your input. Always keep it up.
@hamandvaid 6 anos atrás
Rick, this is a grand tale of high adventure and youthful innocence, and I am tremendously grateful for you posting it. A truly beautiful story.
@sellis8630 6 anos atrás
Great Story.. It's in your blood and once it is, you can't deny it.. ❤
@1982pencil 3 anos atrás
You have a ton of grit and determination! That's great! My story of music isn't nearly as dramatic as yours, but I started playing classical piano when I was 5 and cello when I was 8. I played in orchestras through high school and did pretty well, but that was the end of my classical music experience. I taught myself rock/blues guitar starting when I was 15, but a few experiences of severe stage fright (my fingers would shake so badly that I couldn't play) convinced me that I would never be able to play guitar in front of people, much less with a band. This lasted until last year--when I was 32 years old. I saw a post on NextDoor about an open acoustic jam band and decided to just go. I took my acoustic guitar and joined their open jam session. A couple of sessions in, two of the guys from there invited me to start a rock band with them. Now, a year later, I've played several gigs with the acoustic band and have recorded about 20 covers and a few originals with the rock band (just on SoundCloud). They've told me repeatedly what a great guitarist I am. I always *knew* was a great guitarist--I taught myself Jessica by the Allman Brothers when I had only been playing guitar for 2 years--but I never had the confidence to go for it. I'm glad I did and I wish I had done it earlier!
@gilliganxr35 2 anos atrás
You're the man Rick. Very inspirational.
@seiph80 6 anos atrás
another reason why I'm subscribed to your channel, not just music, but this personal sharing that really is something special. Rick thank you so much for sharing such an inspiring story. Believe me I've had ups and downs in my life so I definitely can relate, not to give up.
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