What Makes This Song Great? Ep.41 TOOL (#2)

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In this episode "What Makes This Song Great?" we again explore the music of TOOL. THE BEATO CLUB → /> BUY THE BEATO BOOK HERE → /> Follow my Instagram - /> **Advanced Harmonic Concepts for Composition and Improvisation Video Course** → www.flatfiv.com SUBSCRIBE HERE → /> BEATO MUSIC FORUM → forum.rickbeato.com —————————————————————————————————————— My Links to Follow: YouTube - /> Personal Facebook - /> Follow On Twitter - @rickbeato —————————————————————————————— Special Thanks to My Supporters: Brett Bottomley Christian Abuan Zack Kirkorian Orion Letizi Andrew Boyd Mike Voloshen Ashley Thompson Matt Pauley Nickola Pazderic jonathan taylor Peter Pillitteri Chris Defendorf Peter Moore Jeremy Hickerson Alex Paclin Travis Ahrenholtz Sam Slotnick Harry Watson Eric Bourassa John Null Neil LaHurd Morgan King Steve Greenberg Scott Tyburski Chris Mitchell Kenny Jaworski Michael Seim Todd Geisler Charles Bull Roger Frankham Dave Hawkey Terrance Bessey Jesse West Eric Waisman Craig Sayer Michael Akraka Scott Rance Mansel Ismay Blayne Brocious Paul Noonan Frederick Humphrey JP Rosato Otabek Salamov Jean Belanger Eddie Garcia Mayank Sanganeria Maydad Meiri Philip Lobb Dennis Tomlinson

can you just do Tool songs from now on? We dont need anything else.
feroui hamza
rick tool just shared this video on their facebook page
Jewish Fly
I used to play in a band called The Cosmic Trigger. We tried to write Tool inspired music with interesting tempo changes....but we failed because we aren’t aliens.
Andrea Boma Boccarusso
thank you Rick, these videos are pure gold
I think you'd probably blow up trying to do Rosetta Stoned
Nicolás Riveros
Can we all agree that "Lateralus" is one of the best records of the 21st century?
Fuff Mcduffin
Tool was a really good band before Justin. He was the missing piece that put them on a completely different tier. He instantly became an irreplaceable member of the band
Jesus Christ
You should have had 46&2 at episode 46, so you would have had What makes this song great episode 46 tool nr2.
a b
That whole album is an undisputed masterpiece. I've been listening to it quite frequently for almost 15 years. Blows my mind every time
Tool shared your video on Facebook....btw. Great job.
Tool definitely deserved another good in-depth analysis! Great video my man!
The GreyJedi2112
every TooL album has something special but this album for me is their best work.
unholy roller
I enjoyed the schism vid so much, that I've probably watched it 7 or 8 times. I've never been so excited to click on a vid. You should do Tool's entire catalog. 👍👌
Tommaso Piovesan
At 4:44 my brain played the lick
kevin motti
Rick the world needs a Pantera episode
Oisin McPhillips
Tool are a rare band where every member is an absolute master of their craft.
Le Tabarnac
It's cool to watch someone dissecting one of my all time favorite songs... that said, what I have always loved about Tool, and you reinforced that with the comment about Maynard not necessarily constructing his melodies by thinking of what mode he's in, is that while being constantly changing time signatures and subdivisions, it never feels like it's complicated (to my ear anyway). It's the most natural and "organic" non 4/4 I can think of. It doesn't feel forced, it doesn't feel mechanical, it's not a technical demonstration... it just flows like a jam session, and it seems to be built purely on emotions... all fined-tuned to hit you in exactly the right way. Fuck I love Tool. Nothing they play (except for Carey) is even remotely hard to master, but nobody can build a song like they do. Masters of their own sound.
Handsome Squidward
It really sucks Tool isn’t on Spotify
So what you are basically saying is... the guys in Tool are musical geniuses :)
Russ Wilson
That 3 over 4 thing: TOOL perfected that. They were getting that element into focus on Aenima. At that point, a few of us suspected that was as tricky as TOOL was going to get. By then Soundgarden had all but given up on all conventional rhythms. TOOL wasn't quite done exploring sophisticated rhythmic groove. But on this song, they probably outdid themselves in perpetuity. It's not the most tech thing they ever did, but Jesus -it's effective. Lateralus is the only work they have along these lines that is perhaps more powerful. It's their Stairway to Heaven.
The Tired Horizon
What I love about Tool.. the drums utilise the WHOLE kit in an almost melodic feel.. so he's not just playing with the kick and the snare, the rhythm is almost jazz like. The bass and the guitars are counter to each other, the bass almost being another guitar line but lower. They're as tight rhythmically in places as the early thrash bands were too! IIRC they did have fuzz pedals during this (I want to say Boss or EHX but no way I can remember that far back haha). There were interviews about it but they were typically cagey. Photos of the live performances exist so there might be something to discover there too
Paul Maurer
Can we get a Mars Volta song next?
Maybe it’s too much to ask for a third Tool song for your channel, BUT I’ll do it anyway 😇 JAMBI would be fantastic, The Pot or Vicarious. We TOOL fans need something to take our mind off the excruciating wait for a new album 😉😢🤭
William Filipovich
Instant Sub! 👍 As a drummer, bassist & vocalist. This is by far the most comprehensive, Incredible analysis & breakdown of a very engaged, integrated & Intellectual band! Very well done! Thank you! Have you considered doing a similar analysis's of perhaps any Rush? Preferably from any album, pre-1980. Excluding their self titled Debut Lp.
I swallowed this episode like a candy!!! 🤓👍 Anecdote: the engineer diffused helium while recording drums in order to enhance cymbals' sounds.
Please analyse a KARNIVOOL song. They use so many layers of sound. It would be extremely interesting!
I love this. This is probably my favorite song period but I could never really articulate what about it I loved so much. Breaking it down into its component music theory really helped me appreciate it that much more. Thank you for that.
Nicholas Bennington
I need a Rick Beato "Bobblehead" doll on my desk!
Thomas Friese
When you have to get up in 5 hours but Rick Beato releases another video about Tool...
Tommy Fraz
Lateralus is a top 5 album for me, possibly my all time favorite album. I was 17 when it came out, and fair warning, don’t fall asleep listening to this album. You will be in for a nasty surprise (during the final track) like my entire house was when I left it on my stereo. If you want to know what sleep paralysis is like, this is pretty damn close.
Dave Maes
I really love these Tool videos. Maybe time for a "Dillinger Escape Plan" track? (It might be a challenge). Any given track will do, but I suggest: "Farewell Mona Lisa"
Andrey Gaiduk
hey Rick! how about "What Makes This Song Great? Ep.?? Dream Theater-Home ?
Akhil Masih
Please do "The Dance Of Eternity"- Dream Theater
Charles Chambers
Certainly no one would mind if there was a Tool #3 vid 😁🙌🏻
Hirad Gorgoroth
please cover more tool this is really helpful <3
After watching your video on Schism, this is *exactly* the song I wanted to see you do next! Awesome.
Probably my favourite Tool song(s). This series is great.
Desenova 913
Been listening to this album since it came out, and loudly, and I never noticed how layered that chorus was and it makes it even more hauntingly beautiful and transcending into the ethereal.
Swiss Army Knight
That's great. Could we get some Tool after this?
Jason Shermer
Hey man. Was wondering if you’ve ever dissected any Dillinger Escape Plan? Maybe Farewell Mona Lisa, One of Us is the Killer or Milk Lizard.
Amazing work. Thanks.
Jmack 4275
I can't wait to see an in depth breakdown of lateralus and ticks and leeches!!
Remote God
DAMN this was a sick analysis. The voicings and orchestration of Tool's music gets such a "thick" timbre that without this video I don't think I could ever have processed all the stuff going on. This is one of THE coolest rock songs ever written. Thanks for tearing it apart and showing the wiring... only increases my appreciation of the music to see these secrets exposed...
Rick is like that TV magician in the 90s that was giving away everybody's secrets.
Jayanth Avasarala
please do a song from The Incident by Porcupine Tree.
Dan J. Boyd
Chopin used flat 6 a bit
mrjustwaitforme main
Have you ever done any dream theatre? Honour thy father is a favourite of mine.
The videos about Tool are the best... I wish you could make a video about scales... I learned in school about major and minor scales (with half steps between 3/4 and 7/8 for major and 2/3 and 5/6 for minor scales) but we hardly touched lydian, mixolydian, dorian... or oriental music (which I think I hear in Master of Puppets in that melodic part?) ... a video about these scales would be super interesting. Never heard about aeolian by the way... How do these scales work? How do they relate to each other and to minor/major scales? Does the "quint circle" work for these too?
Alan Mora
We need something from Steven Wilson or Porcupine Tree please!
Craig phantomV2
My mind was blown by the 'schism' analysis, this blew it again shortly after I put it back. Amazingly, Rick answered the question I was about to ask at 7:04. Clearly the guys in Tool are incredible musicians - but it's re-assuring to think they jammed this stuff out without thinking much about the theory. Maybe.
Rahul Roy
Amazing track, amazing breakdown. Can we break down some Meshuggah, Baroness, Porcupine Tree & Mogwai Please :D
*How does Rick isolate the tracks? Is there some special way/software to do it, or were they publicly released? (Or did he just get them from someone in the industry?)*
I didn't think I could love these songs more.... Wow, thanks!!!
Never clicked so fast.
Kenneth Albert
7:00 That is the kind of info I have always wondered about.... Do the musicians analyze in this way... Thanks
Mete Mercan
I loved how the majority of the video's second half was mostly Rick just rocking out and having a great time 😂
Ice Kold Killa
That synth in the beginning of Parabol is only in the music video.
Cole Berggren
Damn. ToTOOLly interesting to watch these videos, Rick. Question- how do you isolate the different instruments so well? I can't imagine that guys like Tool, notoriously protective of their everything, would allow you access to the stems.... Is there a software plugin that I don't know of that creates this magic, or is it your decades of experiance? I'd love to know how this is happening. Thanks in advance! Your videos are fascinating and extremely helpful to inquisitive musicians, teachers and engineers like myself!
You should do "What makes Tool's entire discography so Great?".... you know, just an idea..... keep it up, love these!
Johan Gustavsson
Both of these are incredible songs with the Parabola outro which always gives me shivers, thank you for teaching me why: It's The Dirge! \m/ Releasing a Fuzz through a Wah wah is orgasmic to perform.
Wurzn Sepp
What makes this song great? Every single fucking note!
Ben Kurka
4:09 that's the intro to Roundabout
Jason McLaren
Laterallus is literally the only album i listen to in my car. Over and over again. Masterpiece. Darkside of the moon for a new generation
Heber Diaz
Rick, PLEASE do a video of What Makes This Song Great :LATERALUS!!
Proof that Tool is such a tight band.
Samurai Guitar
Puta merda, que timbreira! Que pegada! Que composição! Vida longa aos mestres!
Helium Road
19:20 "Now we're just getting to the good part!" LOL the smile on that face. On behalf of all your fans and all Tool fans, we love you Rick. Seriously.
Sid R.
Rick is a goddamn treasure! This is crazy inspiring
Cristiano Fontana
With this you made me buy their CD hahahhah
Mo Bee
Love these videos. Please do LATERALUS next!
Joe Creitz
Tool has an amazing ability to play in 4/4 and convince you that it's not, and to play in obscure time signatures in ways to which you can still bang your head. It's not just the crazy time signatures they use so well, but their gift for sucking an infectious groove (with a H/T to the band of that name) out of any time signature.
My favorite song from that album.
Pascal K
Again a great analysis Rick , this reverse engineering of songs is such a great idea, gives a lot to chew on afterwards in terms of music theory, production. Keep up the good work ! Best regards, P
Botrill didn't produce the two previous Tool Albums though, he did Aenima, but Undertow was Silvia Massey
Edgar Cetina
Rosetta Stoned or Lateralus my man! Nice stuff.
You literally have NO IDEA how cool you are Rick! This is so friggin' amazing!!
Brandon B
You forgot probably one of the most amazing endings to a heavy metal song ever... the harmonic notes played after the dirge drifts away. Leaves you shivering after all the intensity. A masterpiece of music to be sure.
Aylbdr Madison
That Justin keeps playing C# while Maynard is always using C natural, yet they manage to not once step on each others toes is what makes this song more than just great.  It makes it sexy.
Ashton Steptoe
Would love to see an episode on "Space Cadet" by Kyuss. (Or any Kyuss song.) An episode on "Sonic Youth" would be amazing as well. Anything off of "EVOL" would be a dream come true. Keep up the great work Rick! Hope to have a record produced by you one day!
A Rottie
Sooo, basically Tool uses a Slide Ruler when writing songs? Ha! OK students today's final exam will be breaking down this Tool Song <3 ;)
Michael Richards
More TOOL please! Also... -Dredg - Bug Eyes -Clutch - Electric Worry -Karnivool - Deadman
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Will you do a Frank Zappa song? I’d love to hear overnight sensation
Steve McDowall
Awesome video. You are my new favorite YouTube channel.
It's incredible to see someone who is extremely musically proficient, still getting giddy and excited listening and breaking down tool. Great videos man!
I heard Danny Carey sleeps in non conventional hours throughout the day, following the Fibonacci sequence. Also sings "happy birthday" in 17 while washing his hands to know when they are clean.
Shadow 3091
What makes this song great? It was written by Tool
Krispynachos 99
Do Intronaut analysis
Andrew Stonerock
They use the Fibonacci sequence all over parabola. It's incredible! Look it up. It's all over the lyrics, it's all over the drums, bass, and guitar. Amazing!
Kenneth Albert
I was hoping to learn something from this but it is way beyond me. I guess I need fundamentals first. I do know that Tool Rules!
This is one of my favourite TOOL songs. Thank you so much.
Thalo Witsch
Great Video as always Rick! Could you do one on "The Mars Volta"? Would love to see this... ;) Keep up the good work!
Robin Moody
Thanks for this awesome video! Lateralus never gets boring, always new things to discover!
James Nudell
Rick your the MAN
best video ever created on youtube??? thanks man, this is epic!
Δημητρης Αργυρης
Cmon give us more tool.And Devin Townsend.But mostly tool.Rossetta stoned especially
Wolf Silver
Watching this has made me appreciate Tool's brilliance even more. Great vid!
Ben Rice
How do we campaign for an analysis of Jambi from 10,000 Days?! I could listen to him dissect every album, and I think it is fitting he chose two from their masterpiece.
Alex Kulp
I would respectfully like to request Karnivool. Love your work on these and glad to see another Tool song! Keep it up!
Coy Combs
The whole is greater than the sum of their parts and when one of those parts is Danny Carey that is saying something.