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#1 homeward-angel-on-the-fly

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 04:52 AM

What were your guys' first Rush songs ever learnt on any of your instruments? I play bass and keyboards (unfortunately not anymore because I had to sell my last keyboard D: ), I also sing.

The first song I ever learnt on bass was Between The Wheels, probably the simplest Rush song for bass out there (unless Red Sector A counts :P ), the second full song I learnt was The Twilight Zone (I know eh? What a quick learner lmfao), the third one was Animate, that's when it gets tricky because Geddy for some reason thought it was needed that he needed to suddenly know how to flamenco :lol:

As for another slightly off topic, what Rush songs are you guys currently learning? Right now I'm trying to learn 2112 (god help me LOL), and also Vital Signs lol

Oh, as for singing goes the first Rush song I learnt to sing properly was obviously the hits because... I'm Canadian and you're practically singing Tom Sawyer out of the womb :LMAO:

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 04:55 AM

Tom Sawyer and Limelight on drums, I plan to learn more soon though :)

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 06:35 AM

IIRC it was Finding my Way on bass and Fly By Night on guitar.

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 08:57 AM

For me it was learning bits and pieces of The Trees and Xanadu on guitar.  This is back in the mid 80's and I tried to figure out the parts that interested me by myself with my cassette deck (which was pretty much the only way to do it back then), listening to the songs over and over.  My guitar teacher was into finger picking so I got really interested in acoustic guitar bits.  The Trees acoustic intro was a little advanced for me at the time so I cheated a bit by watching my "Exit..Stage Left" VHS tape countless times to get the chords right.  I ended up being able to play that really well and still use "The Trees" or AFTK intro to warm up from time to time.

Non Rush-related, but I remember trying to figure out "Mood for a Day" by Steve Howe in my early guitar playing days.  I've never had the fingernails to play a lot of classical bits the way they are meant to be played.

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 10:59 AM

Limelight on bass.

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 11:48 AM

View PostRelayer2112, on 05 December 2016 - 08:57 AM, said:

For me it was learning bits and pieces of The Trees and Xanadu on guitar.  This is back in the mid 80's and I tried to figure out the parts that interested me by myself with my cassette deck (which was pretty much the only way to do it back then), listening to the songs over and over.  My guitar teacher was into finger picking so I got really interested in acoustic guitar bits.  The Trees acoustic intro was a little advanced for me at the time so I cheated a bit by watching my "Exit..Stage Left" VHS tape countless times to get the chords right.  I ended up being able to play that really well and still use "The Trees" or AFTK intro to warm up from time to time.

Non Rush-related, but I remember trying to figure out "Mood for a Day" by Steve Howe in my early guitar playing days.  I've never had the fingernails to play a lot of classical bits the way they are meant to be played.

I learned the classic guitar bit from The Ancient and Mood for a Day way back when. And yes, I did have the, "I play classical guitar," fingernails on my right hand.

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 01:52 PM

Xanadu was the first rush song I learned on bass. Always an oddity because it's not tuned straight A440 on the record since it was sped up.

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 01:11 AM

View PostEagleMoon, on 05 December 2016 - 01:52 PM, said:

Xanadu was the first rush song I learned on bass. Always an oddity because it's not tuned straight A440 on the record since it was sped up.

The first Rush song you learnt was Xanadu? Gheeze, what a feat haha

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 03:11 AM

View Posthomeward-angel-on-the-fly, on 06 December 2016 - 01:11 AM, said:

View PostEagleMoon, on 05 December 2016 - 01:52 PM, said:

Xanadu was the first rush song I learned on bass. Always an oddity because it's not tuned straight A440 on the record since it was sped up.

The first Rush song you learnt was Xanadu? Gheeze, what a feat haha

I'd been playing for a couple of years at that point but yeah. First Rush song I heard and it's what made me a fan.

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 08:58 PM

The Spirit of Radio on the bass.  As for the piano, well…I can butcher Losing It, but Rush does not translate well to piano.  :no:

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 10:46 PM

View PostDisk98, on 22 December 2016 - 08:58 PM, said:

The Spirit of Radio on the bass.  As for the piano, well…I can butcher Losing It, but Rush does not translate well to piano.  :no:

Other than the end of Spirit, and perhaps Available Light. : )

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 09:01 PM

Either "What You're Doing" or "Take a Friend" I can't quite remember.

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 10:37 AM

In The Mood, I think.

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 11:10 AM

I think it was Spirit of Radio. Permanent Waves was the first Rush album that I heard and hearing that song on the radio made me want to learn that opening riff. Then I heard Freewill and Natural Science and I couldn't put the guitar down.

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 02:07 PM

Working Man and In The Mood at about the same time. Closer To The Heart on a 12 string was my favorite.

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 01:20 PM

Xanadu on bass. It was actually one of the first songs that I learned PERIOD. That and Stone In Love by Journey. Now I regularly use the R30 Overture as a warm up.

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 07:04 AM

On bass:
Parts of Spirit of Radio and Fly by Night.
First full song was Limelight.
Favorite to play is probably Freewill.




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