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What timing is that riff in YYZ?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by BrandonBass, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    The intro is 5/4 then geddy lee and alex would do a riff before it goes to the main 4/4 hook.

    I can never catch that riff....help!~
  2. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    It's in 4/4. Just displaced.
  3. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    Fun fact, the rythmn of the opening riff is actually the morse code signal for Y-Y-Z.
  4. See sig, and replace - with C and . with F#
  5. Its also the code for Toronto Pearson International Airport
  6. Mesa XI

    Mesa XI

    Feb 25, 2009
    I'm counting 5/4
  7. Febs

    Febs Supporting Member

    May 7, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    Me too.

    q=quarter note
    e=eighth note

    q e q q q e | q q q q e e |
  8. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan.

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    And here I thought it was in 7/4.

    Silly me.
  9. Rick Robins

    Rick Robins

    Jan 13, 2010
    Las Vegas, NV
    12/8 written from the start of the rest mesure after the 5/4 intro to the end.
    I myself count it out as 3 measures of 2/4 for the rest with the ascending run starting on the 2 of the 3rd measure of rest & playing over 5 more measures of 2/4 (7 total) then to 4/4.
  10. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast

    May 7, 2010
    Wikipedia says the intro is 5/4, for what it's worth.
  11. You can say it's in 5/4...but the lick repeats in 10 beats, so if you said 10/4, you'd also be correct.

  12. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    Guys, he's not talking about the morse code part.
  13. You could cheat and look at the powertab.
  14. Rick Robins

    Rick Robins

    Jan 13, 2010
    Las Vegas, NV
    I wrote the part in question out. Starting just after the 5/4 section ends @0:38

    I attached a jpeg below. Written in 12/8.
  15. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab HELIX user & BOSE Abuser

    Feb 11, 2004
    Bass ISO'd
  16. Buchada Azeda

    Buchada Azeda

    Mar 25, 2009
    I'm amazed by the fact that the most complex Rush instrumental was mostly in 4/4, considering that Rush is known for abrupt time sig changes. They make those changes sound so natural, though.
  17. Billnc


    Aug 6, 2009
    Charlotte NC
    I did HFDF and was a Morse copier in the army.
  18. taphappy

    taphappy doot de doo

    Sep 28, 2007
    Tempe, Arizona
    Cool! Ah!! NOW I know why I could never figure out the last part of the album version of that bass/tom run at the end (4:19). Sneaky bugger harmonized with himself :)

    For this bit, Wiki says: "A brief (one measure of two-four time; i.e., a half-note rest) pause follows, before the next section...playing up- and down-scale runs for three measures (the first and third in common time and the second in two-four time), in unison."

    Mrrrrrr. Dunno about that. Then again, I always counted it as a 3-and after the last stab, then pattern recognition after that.

    Played with it for a min, after the two measure ride-only intro, it'll count straight through in 5/4 at 103bpm. Then it's around 140 at the verse. Ride intro was apparently overdubbed - it's at 112bpm. Peart...uh...sped it up.

    Ha! Grievous pun avoidance!

    If anyone wants to geek out and attack it from another angle, it's a bit squirrely, and my brain ain't workin right these days. Got bored, SS'd a pic with 16ths on the top - should be pretty obvious where it starts. Measure 28 (big hit at the end) = first beat of 4/4 verse:

  19. hachi kid

    hachi kid

    Jun 2, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I wonder whenever they wrote this, if they thought in 30 years, or so, people around the world would be arguing what time signature it was in. ^_^
  20. sammyp


    Aug 20, 2010
    NB, Canada
    there was probably a visual aspect to the timing of the last riff - in the recording studio i mean....ie: alex and geddy watch neil for a little cue for that last fast run....
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