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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: International Music Publications (1 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0769200710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0769200712
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 22.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 945,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Titles are: Closer to the Heart * Cold Fire * Distant Early Warning * Dreamline * Free Will * La Villa Stangiato * Limelight * New World Man * Presto * Red Barchetta * Roll the Bones * Tom Sawyer * Show Don't Tell * The Spirit of Radio * Test for Echo * The Trees * 2112: Overture/Tales of Syrinx * Working Man * Xanadu * YYZ.

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By François VARAS on 25 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
Bass line are quite hard for beginners.
The book, printing and contents are good.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Don't Attempt a Public Concert Based Solely on This Book 31 May 2003
By Christopher C. Alsruhe - Published on Amazon.com
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Yep, if you can play this book, as cleanly and with Lee's tonal quality, you will be quite a bassist. But if you take just what's written and walk on stage with it, you might be embarrassed.
Having gone through some of the music, there are errors. Sure, many might not be noticed by the audience, but an error is an error. Notes are written in the wrong octave. For instance, at times, a sequence of notes are written in the same octave, whereas Lee is clearly playing those notes more as an arpeggio through a couple scale ranges.
Another example of fatal flaws can be seen in the ending measures of Tom Sawyer. I'm not sure where half the notes came from. Listen to the CD and vwala, you find you need to rewrite the music. Lee is not playing all that has been written there, and when it is what he's playing, it's out of sequence and/or not note for note. Try to play along, as I did, and you find you're playing two completely different things.
I recommend this book for anyone wanting to play bass at this level. If you can play this book, you belong in the studio; but again, don't think you are getting what Lee is really playing. You often are not. If it weren't for the fact that this book is a true challenge, I would give it 1 star for its inaccuracy to the real thing.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
RUSH for dummies? 23 Oct. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is complete on every song in it. Has both the tab and staff notation. I do not know if this is common practice as most tab books I get do not have it. All in all a good buy for someone wanting to study RUSH and Geddy.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good book on the best bass palyer in Rock!! But not perfect. 21 Aug. 2008
By Mad Max - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
THis is the best bass tab book of Geddy Lee's amazing playing available, because unfortunately due to the short sightedness of publishers it is the only one available.

It could be perfect except for two slight problems- One- as commented previously some of the positions are wrong. Not only are they wrong, but this book tabs everything as if Geddy plays a TON of open strings. I can tell you after seeing him live several times (and playing most of his lines myself) he does not play everything in the first position using open strings. A lot of his lines are playing in the 5th position in D Major and mixolydian.
The other slight problem is this has a lot of songs that just aren't Geddy's best bass playing like Cold Fire, And Dreamline.
I heard there is possibly a long overdue Volume 2 of Rush Bass lines coming but until that time, this remains your best (and only) bet.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good Book for Advanced Bassists 22 Feb. 2010
By Sean Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this several months ago and am learning Limelight. The music appears absolutely accurate. With that said though, I've found many times that when the artist fluffs a note by missing the fret a little or plays a repeated passage a little differently, the music shows a grace note or variation that extends the presentation ultimately to several pages. So some of these songs are presented as 6-8 pages of music! Once you wade through it, you realize that the actual tune is significantly shorter in terms of effort. Also, as with every music book I've used, the tablature is computer-generated and frequently does not reflect how an experienced bassist would play the tune.

Rush is not for beginners or intermediates. I've spent two complete weekends to learn this one tune about 95% so far, mainly because of the amount of memorization required for the long, non-repetitive sections. If you can play a Rush song with the recording, you are an expert bassist. So you better be very good already to make any good use of this book. Conversely, learning these tunes and playing them note-for-note with the recording is absolutely exhilarating, and makes you that much better player. So when you think you can climb Everest, this is one way up.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Save Your Money 11 Aug. 2010
By Crap dealer - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not going to be long winded about this review, I'm going to get straight to the point. If your are a bass player like I am, you're probably not buying this book for the simpler Rush songs in it that you can learn by ear on your own, but for La Villa Strangiato and YYZ, don't even waste your time nor money. I already knew YYZ when I purchased the book, but I figured maybe there's something I missed, well guess what, the person who did the tab for this piece could not have been a bass player because he(she) missed about half notes, and on top of that added notes that weren't even there. It is beyond me how Alfred Publishing has the audacity to call this book, "authentic bass tab edition".
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