The Geddy Lee and Rush appreciation thread.

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Felken, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. Felken


    Jun 28, 2016
    Ottawa, CAN
    Here we discuss our favourite bass player, Geddy Lee, and his most faithful bandmates.

    Share some videos, favourite Rush songs, some live solos, bass gear, fan gear, tutorials, stories, and anything that is Rush.
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  2. Felken


    Jun 28, 2016
    Ottawa, CAN
    I will begin with a magnificient solo:

  3. andruca


    Mar 31, 2004
    Madrid (Spain)
    I think there's already great (so deserved) Geddy appreciation around in TB. Still, only recently I noticed an additional BIG talent he has for impersonating doing drunk people's voices. Proof around 1:50...

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  4. kkaarrll


    Jun 1, 2014
    favorite band ever

    now how to get geddy sound out of a stingray??? hmmm
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  5. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    One of the main reasons I started playing bass. I started bass in about 6th grade. By 7th or 8th grade my buddies were challenging me to learn "Lessons" off 2112.

    The rest is history. I learned a ton of Rush tunes. I have moved on - of course - to add many other influences (rock, jazz, funk, etc) but learning any real difficult tunes that required some serious technique - and countless times picking up the needle and trying to place it in the same place on the record - was because of Geddy.
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  6. Felken


    Jun 28, 2016
    Ottawa, CAN
    It's impossible to get his sound. Period.
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  7. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Geddy Lee answers your questions!

  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Cliff's Notes version-
    First heard Rush in 1974. Guitarist in my HS garage band had their debut. At the time, I was a huge Zeppelin fan. I was kinda "Meh...they sound like Zeppelin. Good bass player, though".

    By the time Rush moved onto 'heavier Prog-style Rock', I was entrenched in Jazz-Funk-R&B. Never really followed them...I had 0 chance of ever being in a band like that, so I didn't really study Glee's thing. ;-)

    In the '90s, I finally bought Moving Pictures & Signals...again, respected them, but not a fan.

    Sometime last Summer, someone here posted that Netflix had the Rush docu for streaming.
    I love band I watched. And I watched again...and again.
    The 3 coolest guys E.V.E.R.

    I have picked up pretty much everything but the debut, Caress Of Steal, & Vapor Trails.
    Picked up all the concert DVDs/BDs, too. Love them.
    The concert DVD of Live In Rio is the craziest crowd I have ever seen.
    That particular audience becomes the band's 4th member.

    Amazing what they pull off live; their chops very much intact in spite of them being a 100-years old or so, ;-)
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  9. MrMoonlight

    MrMoonlight Bottom feeder Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2008
    One of the first (if not the first) songs by Rush I ever heard was "Fly By Night" and the bass line really kinda jumped out at me and I thought "That's some pretty awesome bass playing. Who is that?" It made go explore a little deeper into Geddy and Rush in general. Although I'm not a huge fan of all their works, there are plenty of songs by them that I love and I respect the hell out of them for their talent and ability.
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  10. Felken


    Jun 28, 2016
    Ottawa, CAN
    Oh man you have to get Caress of Steel! It's one of their finest!

    Have you heard of the new documentary? It's a one-night only event on november 3rd. I'm seeing it.
  11. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Oh...I will have all 3 of the above soon. I'll gift myself on Xmas. ;-)
    The new Documentary will be on the List, too...DVD/BD release in Nov?
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  12. Felken


    Jun 28, 2016
    Ottawa, CAN
    Blue ray will be out some time after, but I don't think it will be in november.
  13. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    I love Geddy.
    Especially the restaurant

    Oh- and he's one of my favorite bassists
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  14. Felken


    Jun 28, 2016
    Ottawa, CAN
    Nice! Do you get a free jazz bass with every order?
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  15. ubernator


    Oct 30, 2004
    lost angels
    I would suggest running the eq at the detents except the mid, turn that down a tad to emulate jazz bass scoop. Don't boost anything on the bass, get some grind from your amps preamp or maybe a good light overdrive pedal if your amp can't do it.

    Or better yet, pick up a jazz bass.

    But the stingray used normally, should be able to get his clean wal bass era sound.

    Geddy and Neil are like spirit family to me, and Alex is spirit step family. In 2004 my dad and Neil were doppelgangers, geddy as a kid looked awfully like my maternal uncle as a kid, and my mother as a teenager looked like she could have been his sister (before she had rhinoplasty). Not to mention my dad grew up in Kenmore NY, right across the niagra river from st catherines Ontario.

    Uncle Owen perhaps? Jedi drama...
  16. consectaneus


    Sep 23, 2016
    I imagine it has something to do with his training in piano, but his ideas are so "musical". There is a strong foundation that just make his lines make sense to me.
  17. Felken


    Jun 28, 2016
    Ottawa, CAN
    Hey guys check this out, at 2:20.

    That amazing bass sound, it sounds so hollow. Pure Rickenbacker. Anyone know how to get it?


    Here is an extended version of Malignant Narcissism that I made!

  18. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Amazon is showing November 18th as a release date...
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  19. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    But the place is a rush
  20. Felken


    Jun 28, 2016
    Ottawa, CAN
    Badum tss :roflmao:
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