I want to tackle some RUSH.

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by ZBirdV8, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. ZBirdV8


    Feb 26, 2012
    Detroit Michigan
    As some of you may know, Geddy Lee is my hero.

    I want to try out some of his work. What are some of the easier (relatively speaking) songs to start working on? :bassist:
  2. I'm curious as well. I'd also like to have a go at some Rush songs, but I've always just backed off: "Geddy Lee? No WAY can I play like that guy!" Well, that line of thinking has so far only made me not even attempt it. Time to change that...
  3. Leave that thing alone-Studio Version

    Not that hard at all, and fun to play still.

    There is easier stuff, but then it's just boring crap like most songs.
  4. neverwuzhasbeen


    Nov 25, 2010
    I thought no way as well...but tried it. New World Man, Distant Early Warning, Free Will even the bass solo isn't impossible. For most of the songs its the speed, practice to build speed. Some tunes it's timing and that takes work.
  5. Thunder_Fingers


    Jun 24, 2004
    Geddy plays fancy and cool enough, but most of it is'nt realy that hard to play, as geddy is mostly an melodic and not a "look at how fast and hard i can play this" bass player.

    But still, trying to play and sing "big money" seems like hard work. In fact, that is where the hard stuff in rush-tunes shows up.
    Singing the song (In my octave range wich is like... 5 below Geddy): fair enough.. Most of the basslines: Fair enough. Singing and playing at the same time: This is when things get tough.
  6. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    I haven't really studied much Geddy either. I plan on it, he's one of my favorite players, just haven't gotten around to it yet. I dunno, maybe something off the first album? Working Man? Finding My Way?
  7. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead! Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Limelight is a pretty easy one to pick up if you get the timing down. I don't usually put much effort into covers and I can play it decently...freakin awesome song too =)


    Jul 16, 2009
    Distant Early Warning is pretty easy, plus it's really fun to play.
  9. BassPlayer900


    Oct 19, 2011
    Subdivisions isn't too hard.
  10. Dean N

    Dean N

    Jul 4, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    The Pass
    Turn The Page


    (ok, just the first two)
  11. One of the first songs I ever learned growing up was Distant Early Warning. Really fun to play.

    Working Man is pretty simple and groovy, and it'll help you with stamina to keep the same groove the whole time.

    Tom Sawyer is also pretty easy once you get the hang of that bass riff during the guitar solo. YYZ is still a challenge to me after all the years. I can play it, but I can't play it smooth the way Ged does, and it's got some really fast passages that make it tough. It's a lot tougher if you're lazy like me; I don't play Rush covers outside my living room so I don't have the motivation to get it down tight.

    I also recommend Red Barchetta. It's a great song, most of the bassline is easy but it's still got some fancy parts to it to make it interesting to Geddy fans.
  12. These are the ones I leaned when I was in my Rush phase (1979 - 1989) - I think these are all worth learning (obviously). They cover the spectrum from pretty easy to complex (relatively speaking).

    The ones in bold I think are pretty good starter tunes.

    From their eponymous album:
    What You're Doing
    In the Mood
    Working Man

    Fly By Night:
    Fly By Night

    Caress of Steel:
    Lakeside Park
    The Fountian Of Lamneth
    Bastille Day

    A Passage To Bangkok
    (I) Overture
    (II) The Temples Of Syrinx
    (III) Discovery
    (IV) Presentation
    (V) Oracle: The Dream
    (VI) Soliloquy
    (VII) Grand Finale

    A Farewell to Kings:
    Closer To The Heart

    The Trees
    La Villa Strangiato

    Permanent Waves:
    The Spirit Of Radio

    Moving Pictures:
    Tom Sawyer
    Red Barchetta

    Vital Signs

    New World Man

    Then they lost me... Sorry...
  13. I've been kind of surprised in the few Rush songs I've learned, in that they're not too hard.
    One band I was in did Working Man. That was pretty easy, I also had to sing it too, which wasn't so bad.
    My band now is doing, By-Tor and The Snow Dog, 2112 Overture through Grand Finale, and Something For Nothing. The hardest part is getting everybody tight. But as far as the playing itself, it's not too bad.
  14. Know what's an easy song to try? The Color Of Right, from Test For Echo. It's got a nice, midtempo groove, not complicated at all, a good song for a beginner on the verge of being an intermediate player. Give it a try!

    Rush - The Color of Right - YouTube
  15. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Work out the Overture from 2112, which will teach you the basics to all the other movements. From there you could probably get through the entire song without too much trouble.
  16. ZBirdV8


    Feb 26, 2012
    Detroit Michigan
    Thank you all. Im working on em.
  17. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    The first one I did was Fly by Night.
  18. Just take it slow, like anything else, practice and time.

    Also, this is a biggie. Learn 'Blues' modal patterns Geddy Lee uses a lot of blues licks in his playing. Perfect example is 'Roll the Bones" from the album of the same name. That song is based on G minor blues.
  19. Don't ever say you cannot emulate someone. That will only hold you back.
  20. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    There is a guy on You tube who has approx. 50 RUSH tunes laid out.
    Can't remeber the site, just surf it.
    Great source for Geddy stuff.