How to Play Closer to the Heart by Rush (Guitar Lesson)

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David MacKenzie

Closer to the Heart

David MacKenzie covers "Closer to the Heart," a classic song by Rush.

Taught by David MacKenzie in Songs with David seriesLength: 44:30Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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8stringer8stringer replied

Good lesson, wish it had the backround Mp3 or whatever it's called with it.

robbiekeithmusic@yahoo.com[email protected] replied

too slow for advanced players

evostsevosts replied

Awesome Dave! There's a lot of us looking forward to another Rush song, or 6! Fantastic job, thanks for this one!

rmonroermonroe replied

Nice lesson. I have the RUSH book by ALFRED and they have a different intro, but they both sound good.

Tom.MTom.M replied

Here you go Dave a dead on shot of Alex's right hand picking... It's great how i just stumbled onto this and you made a comment about how he may or may not have picked it.. Cheers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeCczUfCcsU&feature=related

Tom.MTom.M replied

I've always played the intro with my second and ring finger,,,leaving my pinky free to grab the 7th fret and my index finger free to grab the 4th fret without having to make any unnecessary stretches,,, always seemed more economical to me this way but that is how I've always played it... I tried it with your finger pattern and it worked the same just seamed to be more cramped and not as free to move. I guess it's what your used to. Thanks and teach more rush songs please.

touchdawgtouchdawg replied

spirit of radio by rush please! :)

bytor1958bytor1958 replied

If you're a Rush fan you know this isn't easy. Thanks for the lesson Dave. More More.

chefehawaiichefehawaii replied

Thanks

dokterdondokterdon replied

Thanks for the lesson Dave.

judewaddlejudewaddle replied

metallica seek and destroy plez

nangananga replied

Thanx for the lesson Dave, I don't think you need to apologize for anything. I think 'Distant Early Warning' by Rush would be a worthwhile endeavor for you and your students (and me of course). Alex Lifeson has a very unique style and doesn't sound like everybody else.

strat9strat9 replied

I think I'm getting it. Liefson is sure torture!

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied

thanks!!! yeah that would be a cool tune to do!!

gibson22gibson22 replied

i hope you don,t quit, your teaching is very well lad out ,your very pation .and good at what you do,thanks,,o sorry about my spelling,hehehe

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied

you wont be getting rid of me that easy! hehehee! glad you like the lessons!!

headbanger245headbanger245 replied

Could you do Cygnus X-1 Hemispheres? I'm a sucker for long songs

breezebreeze replied

great lesson dave you made it easy , favor to ask, montley crue plz

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied

aaahhh yeeeess! some crue!! good idea!!!

beck_flanderbeck_flander replied

great lesson!

daveclampdaveclamp replied

Dave, Just like to say I really enjoyed this lesson. It's the first ever electric guitar song I've ever had a go at and although I'm no where near totally competent I do feel a small sense of achievement...thank you. Another year and I should have the solo cracked'ish!!!

tracetrace replied

Dave, really enjoyed this lesson! How about some Tom Sawyer by Rush! Not sure if that would be possible or not but would be cool! Thanks...

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied

oooo!!! good choice!!!

robearlerobearle replied

Great lesson David, one of my fave songs too! love it.

billyb440billyb440 replied

Hey Dmac ........ can we get another Rush song PLZ?????

mbeurymbeury replied

great to see you doing lessons again!

thomson777thomson777 replied

The Tab is unreadable. THe window too narrow? WHY can't your web dev's fix this?

kevinacekevinace replied

We are working on it. In the mean time, there is a horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the page so you can scroll right to see it.

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied

great to be doing lessons again, thank you!!!

jboothjbooth replied

There's gonna be a lot more DMAC coming up in the coming weeks too :) TNT by AC/DC is the next song up from him, along with over basic guitar lessons. Should see those next week.

aaron44aaron44 replied

hey, I requested this song, and what do you know, its taught by one of my favourite instructers. thanks for this lesson, rock on(Y)

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied

you are most welcome!!! i really try to get the songs everyone request that i can. hang in there, more to come!

cheesebombcheesebomb replied

Cool song, and you can never over explain anything Dave! :rock: :)

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied

i truley apoligise if i over explained this one. perhaps next one wont have sooo much chit chat from me!!! =)

jboothjbooth replied

Dave you did a great job :) This is a pretty average length for a full song lesson, unless it's just a 3 power chord song.

mattbrownmattbrown replied

Also, the tablature will be easier to read shortly.

mattbrownmattbrown replied

Ooh...Great guitar parts in this song! Nice lesson! Sit tight for the tablature to the solo. It should be done soon.

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David MacKenzie

About David MacKenzie View Full Biography Dave MacKenzie has been playing guitar for 30 of his 45 years on this earth. Starting back when he was 14 years old, Dave picked up the guitar and started to learn from his oldest brother, who had played some guitar as well. Dave was hooked, and couldn't learn fast enough! Everything from the Beatles, Chicago, Ted Nugent, The Eagles, you name it, Dave was trying to play it.

Then as with a lot of players out there, Eddie Van Halen came along and changed the way guitar was played! Dave has been influenced by anyone he has heard play guitar, literally! Always keeping an open mind and a humbleness about him has helped him to keep learning new things on, and about the guitar.

Dave has mostly played in top 40 rock, country, and pop bands. He is most recently playing guitar and keyboards in a 80's metal band called Open Fire. They have opened for Warrant, Firehouse, Winger, and LA Guns within the 3 and a half years they have been together, and are now jumping into original music.

Dave believes you should have internal motivation, and passion to play guitar, and most definitely, it should be fun!

As with his playing, Dave will find new ways to show you how to get the most out of your time learning guitar!

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