· By Aaron Shah

What Makes This Song Great? Ep. 3 Steely Dan


  • Did you acquire the master tracks of these recordings so you can isolate each instrument/vocal track? Or, is there some software you’re using to isolate the individual tracks? Either way, it’s a great tool for analyzing and learning the songs.

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  • Thanks for the informative videos, Rick; I especially enjoyed your explanation and take on Larry Carlton’s solo. Great resource!

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  • Nice break down Rick..I sussed solo by ear a long time ago..before the miracle of social media…eventually..but this simplifies it tremendously..it is one of if not the best solo ever along with Jay Graydon Peg…do you know how long it took Carlton to get it down..I hope it was forever..make me feel better.

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  • Rick, I just discovered your “What Makes This Song Great” videos (accidentally) on youtube, and love watching them. You and I are the same age, and our musical tastes are eerily similar. In fact, the first three episodes that I watched were, incredibly, my favorite songs from Boston (Hitch a Ride), Van Halen (Running With The Devil) and Tears For Fears (Head Over Heels). I am not schooled at all in music theory and often have no idea what you are saying about the modes, chord progressions, etc. but I still love listening to you dissecting the various elements in these classic songs. I especially like how you can break out each individual component and highlight it. Any chance of doing a future episode on Simple Mind’s hit “Alive and Kicking”, or Icehouse’s “Crazy”? Keep on rocking, Rick! Thanks for doing these videos. Shadow

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  • Really enjoy all of what you do.

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