The Spirit of Radio - Rush Cover

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  1. Mouse

    Mouse The Knees of Rock

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    This one has been on my bucket list for...well for as long as I've been playing guitar. I was a huge Rush fan when I started playing at 15 and air-guitared to this more times than I can remember. I've started and stopped trying to play this song dozens of times over the years. As I've been home for "vacation" this past week, I gave it another go and it more or less stuck.

    The best backing track I could find with little to no guitar parts was a live track. That presented another layer of challenge as their tempos move around a bit and differs from the recorded version. Hopefully any timing flubs on my part aren't too bad.

    For anyone looking to learn it, this guy's lesson is not too bad. ;)



    The Spirit of Radio - Rush

     
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    Martin Mim Strat-O-Master

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    The Knees of Rock covering the Spirit of Radio.:D Far out!!
    Great job!
     
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    Nice job! I worked on that one a bunch this past spring. :thumb:
     
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    Damn You Mouse :) Fingers flying :) and as always you Killed it Playing and tone :thumb:

    Love Alex Lifeson and Rush
     
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    Dang! How long did it take to get the intro riff functional? Great stuff as always, and as always I am impressed as all get out.
     
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    Rocking cover @Mouse :thumb:
    Thanks for sharing this .
    Damn that was enjoyable to hear !!!
     
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    Baelzebub Most Honored Senior Member

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    Great work Mouse. Great video also. I like Alex's style of instruction, except the sound dropped out about 28 - 38 minutes covering the bridge ...grrr..but there's enough for me to work on till I get to that part.
    Thanks.
     
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    Mouse The Knees of Rock

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    Ha! Thanks Martin. Those knees are a lot creakier than they used to be.

    Thanks Joe. I don’t have to tell you then that’s it’s a fun song to play.

    Thanks. I wish I could say I put a lot of thought into the tone. I picked a “70s Hard Rock” patch. Added chorus and Bob’s your uncle. :D

    Thanks Ron. The main lick came together quicker than I thought it would. Once I trained my fingers, it sort of goes on auto pilot. Alex gave a tip of rotating your hand. It led me to a sort of pendulum feel that helped me.

    Thanks Duzie! This is something I never expected to be able to play when I first heard it. Rush we’re gods to me as a kid.

    Thanks! I hear you. I was bummed at the sound loss but you can pick up what he’s doing in the final performance.

    He has instructionals for Tom Sawyer and Limelight as well. It looks to have been part of some sort of series or something.
     
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    yeah...I've been working on Limelight. I use the licks from it for a warmup whenever I pickup up the guitar.. Need to sit down with again for a serious workout. Watched the Tom Sawyer through once to get a feel for it. I'll put it in the rotation.

    Think you're right about it being a series. Appears there are other artists involved as well.
     
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    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather Silver Member

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    I hadn't seen this when I PM'd you...nice job.
     
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    Awesome!

    For me it was Red Barcetta. I did record this for the riff challenge here one night. It's been a while since I've played it. It'd sure sound better in a band setting.

     
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    Good stuff , especially the guitar intro.
     
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    Mouse The Knees of Rock

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    I seem to recall Glenn Tilbrook doing a similar tutorial for Another Nail for My Heart. Perhaps he was part of the same series. It's a shame that ended. What greater way to learn a song than from the artist themselves.

    Thanks my friend!

    Thanks and nice job on Red Barchetta. I did that one ages ago and I'm sure I've forgotten most of it. I'd like to revisit that one again some day.

    Thank you Mr. Floyd!
     
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    Did a little research on ivideosongs and apparently it was a company with a good idea that got taken over by a larger teaching outfit who seems to have abandoned the format.

    Scotty Moore did a whole series on Elvis tunes for them. And I found a couple by the guitarists from 38 Special as well. A full(?) list of the participating artists is on their wikipedia page:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IVideosongs


     
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    Very cool! I'll definitely check out that Scotty Moore one.

    As to the Glenn Tilbrook one I was thinking about, it turns out it was for Apple GarageBand and the song was Black Coffee in Bed. Unfortunately I don't think the full lesson is up anymore.

     
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    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Silver Member

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    Hell yes! Excellent cover! I could never get that riff own as smooth as it supposed to be done. Loved the wah too...you need to break that out more often :thumb:
     
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    Mouse The Knees of Rock

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    Thanks Scott! The intro was always the point that would trip me as well but for whatever reason it sunk in this time.

    I should have mentioned in my original post that I first played the entire song without the wah as I wasn't sure how hooking the wah up to my Boss unit would sound. I eventually hooked it up and it didn't sound bad so I just re-recorded the solo with the wah and overlaid that in.

    Now that I know it works, time to play some Kirk Hammett solos. :D
     
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    Never cared to learn any Rush, but that song has a line that has resonated with me for years.

    All this machinery
    Making modern music
    Can still be open-hearted
    Not so coldly charted
    It’s really just a question
    Of your honesty
     
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    Mouse The Knees of Rock

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    That era of Rush had some very poignant lyrics. Continuing the lyrics, the next section also gets to me:

    But glittering prizes and endless compromises
    Shatter the illusion of integrity
     
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