Power up with Geddy Lee!

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I got a kick out of this YouTube comment: “She even looks like Geddy!”

Maybe you start looking like the master if you study his tunes long enough, so get ready for your glasses and curls… and while you are at it:

Learn the theory behind power chords and more…

Empowerquite literally! – your bass lines using power chords.

In this episode of Talking Technique, I show you how Geddy Lee masterfully used root-fifth power chords to drive the well known Rush tune, “Dreamline”. We’ll talk optimal fingerings, plucking, and where on the fretboard to drop these. You’ll also hear the difference between a single note groove vs. the power chords used by Geddy. (*And just for fun, anyone know his real first name, and how he wound up with the nickname, Geddy?)

So power up your bass lines and level up your bass toolbox with the power of fifths on your bass!

Download the Transcription PDF here

* It’s Gary, and as the story goes, his Grandma had a thick accent and couldn’t quite enunciate the “r”, so “Gary” became “Geddy”!


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Comments(14)

  • CHRIS D
    October 8, 2020, 07:54  Reply

    Loved this….. probably one of my favourite Rush songs. Amazing playing and really meaningful lyrics from the sadly departed Professor…..we miss you Neil!

    — We’re only immortal for a limited time.

    • Ari
      October 9, 2020, 00:46

      That is a profound sentence there… Thanks for watching and commenting, Chris!

  • Anonymous
    October 8, 2020, 08:54  Reply

    Hey Ari! Love that Marleaux Tiuz!!!!!! 🙂 Great video, thank you!

    • Ari
      October 9, 2020, 00:45

      Thanks for watching and commenting! It’s a Consat, but I love the Tiuz, too. All of the Marleaux basses are so beautiful to see and hear…

  • Mark B
    October 9, 2020, 08:38  Reply

    Ari Great tips/instruction here, as usual. I REALLY would like to get my hands on a spiral bound copy of Music Theory for the Bass Player. However, Amazon is out of stock claiming they do not know if or when they be back in stock. Is there anywhere I can purchase one? Thank you.

    • Ari
      October 9, 2020, 19:27

      Hi Mark, I got the first box yesterday! I could ship, or Amazon in two days (better deal if you have Prime) Thanks for asking. And this one has a golden spiral binding 🙂

  • Chris Denslow
    October 10, 2020, 01:40  Reply

    I assume we cant get them in the UK yet? Booooooo…. That’s a damn shame. Same with cheat sheets their out if stock too. Hope new book will be available in UK 🙂

    • Ari
      October 11, 2020, 14:54

      So sorry, for the spiral-bound, US only. You can order with me but the shipping is just brutal.
      However, these guys do have cheat sheets in stock again: https://www.klangfarbe.com

      So those you can order there 🙂

  • Mark Bagnall
    October 10, 2020, 06:43  Reply

    Thanks Ari, I will be watching for it! Golden! I’m trying to get my 60 characters in for this post. Please excuse my rambling 😜

    • Ari
      October 11, 2020, 14:55

      Haha, I hear you. If someone can tell me how to turn off this annoying “feature”, I am all ears! Thank you for commenting/rambling 🙂

  • Laura Winzen
    October 11, 2020, 19:08  Reply

    This is wonderful!! I’m such a huge RUSH fan and Geddy is the reason I finally started learning to play bass. Thanks, Ari!! 😀

    • Ari
      October 11, 2020, 19:14

      I can so relate!! When I started it took me a minute to warm up to Rush. But once I had the bug, maaaaaaan! 🙂 Thank you for your coment, Laura!

  • Herm Stippich
    October 14, 2020, 17:39  Reply

    Grüss Ari!
    Glad I finally got to watch this video and see you unlock the power of the power chords on bass … while staying out of the mud! Is the spiral bound “Music Theory” bigger than the regular one I have? Looks like it…
    Chüss
    Herminator

    • Ari
      October 14, 2020, 23:48

      Cheers Herminator, always nice to hear from you! Spiral bound and perfect bound books are same size 🙂 If you already have the perfect bound version you an take it to a Fedex and ask them to cut off the spine and spiral bind it for you. They typically charge around $15 for this service.

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