Hardest Songs to Play on Bass by Rush


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Playing this song right now. Some hard bass songs are just boring, but YYZ is really hard and really fun at the same time and it's extreamly fun to play in a band!
Oh, man, this is the hardest song I've ever played! Geddy Lee makes it sound so easy to play, but when you try to platy it it's a lot harder than you expected. GEDDY ALL THE WAY!
The bass is just as loud as the guitar and dose mostly the same thing wich is really sick. GO GEDDY LEE BEST BASSIST AND SECOND BEST SINGER (after Jon Bon Jovi) EVER!
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2La Villa Strangiato
La Villa Strangiato is harder than YYZ in therms of empty sounded parts, there is more silences and you must catch up in the exact moment, YYZ may be faster but La Villa Strangiato is more complex and unpredictable (I played only the BASS part, but this applies to mostly to the entire song in every instrument) in many ways.
Ill second this been playing drumbs 4 25yrs it's the hardest on all 3 instruments. I would say the drumming is super insane but than again so is tom sawyer and spirt of radio etc
Pretty much everything up to moving pictures and from when peart started I don't no its all really hard but if you listen very carefully its almost impossible 2 play 2 a T. The drummer before peart was awesome also great fills everything. But no one is as tight as peart that's y he gets the crown plus his off beat drumming very very very hard 2 learn.
Most intricate Rush song. There is so many different difficult parts and phases to it making it the most difficult Rush song to play in it's entirety, let alone playing it as a band.
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Geddy lees shredding right before the solo... Incredible. All the crap that other bands come up with it seems that the bass does not matter. Well in rush I love how they make the bass important. Keep on rocking!
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For me this is the hardest Rush song to learn... Or at least one of the hardest ones! The time signatures change a lot of times, the bass is played pretty fast and everything is so well composed, but hard to play... It's a very good song!
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5By-Tor and the Snow Dog Listen to sample

6The Spirit of Radio
I can barely play this song...


This one is fun!
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7Tom Sawyer Listen to sample

8Working Man
not incredibly hard but probably yht most difficult


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9The Big Money
The most difficult bass line I've ever come across in all of rock and prog- I get blisters on my fingers every time I try to play this one!
Definitely much harder than Working Man, the bass-line in this song is just mind-blowingly hard!
How Does Geddy Play Bass And Sing At The Same Time, I Mean How?!?
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The Contenders

11Limelight Listen to sample

12The Trees Listen to sample

13Workin' Them Angels Listen to sample

14Leave That Thing Alone
Check out the "Live in Cleveland " version! - All I can say is WOW! From beginning to end Geddy ROCKS! The run at the end is especially awesome!
Definitely Hard - Sounds Awesome!
Totally rocking' bass line, this song definitely highlights Geddy's amazing skills!
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15Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres
How is hemispheres not after yyz?
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16Closer to the Heart Listen to sample

17Fly By Night Listen to sample

18Digital Man Listen to sample

19Roll the Bones Listen to sample

20The Garden Listen to sample

21Headlong Flight Listen to sample

Not much bass, but when there is bass, it is fast.
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23Turn the Page
I can play The Spirit of the Radio, I can play Tom Sawyer, and I can kind of play YYZ. But Turn the Page? Freeze? And Circumstances? Come on guys! We're not ranking our favorite songs, but the hardest. And by the looks, most of you don't even play bass... Or just don't know the band that well.
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24Armor and Sword Listen to sample

25Show Don't Tell Listen to sample

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This list was created 5 years, 119 days ago and has been voted on over 100 times. This top ten list has been remixed 1 times.

Updated Saturday, September 27, 2014

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