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Yes - Long Distance Runaround / The Fish

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Tupac, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    Playing this song with my band. Problem is, I play strictly fingerstyle. Are those fast sixteenth notes with the wah pedal the bass or the guitar? I fear they might be too fast for me.
  2. PDGood

    PDGood Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    The Fish is all bass tracks.
  3. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    PDGood is correct. On the studio version (on Fragile), Chris did all tracks with his bass.

    But when Yes plays it live, Steve handles the simple harmonics, and Chris does the rest.
  4. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    Ah, wow! Any ideas for a full band arrangement of it? I'm thinking of just doing the simple E-D-E at the beginning of each measure, having our rhythm guitarist handle the harmonics, and having our lead take the stuff that Chris Squire would be doing in the higher registers.

    Also, could I play Long Distance Runaround in drop D? The Fish seems to be in drop D, and I was really hoping we could do a smooth transition for these songs like the album.
  5. thorski


    Aug 24, 2012
    You could transpose long distance to d, and you're right , on the one part , he did drop to a low d to get the d to e, but having a standard tuning would be a little easier since fish is in e minor
  6. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    Fish is in E but needs to be played with D tuning. Did Chris record Long Distance in D as well?
  7. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    No. Long Distance is in standard tuning.
  8. 6stringpanda


    Aug 9, 2013
    SIck tune-Chris Squire is God-reason I started playing!

    Agree I have been playing for 20 years and find I can play complicated jazz fingerstyle easier than some of Chris's licks because I cannot use a pick!-lol
  9. fritzk9

    fritzk9 Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005
    Indianapolis, IN
    How does Chris play it on Yessongs? Since it was live, does he play in standard concert tuning?