Closer To The Heart Guitar Lesson – Rush

In this Closer To The Heart guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this great song from Rush note-for-note.

The tuning is standard tuning E A D G B E.

Alex Lifeson used a 12-string acoustic for the intro section, opening verse and chorus sections. I will be using a 12-string as well, but if you don't have one of those, a 6-string acoustic will do just fine.

After the electric guitar comes in with the verse and chorus, you will find that they are just simplified versions of the verse and chorus from the acoustic section.

I will also tackle Alex's solo note-for-note. It is a harmony solo, so I will be covering the high harmony part, which is what Alex would play live.

I hope you guys enjoy learning this great Rush classic!

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Closer To The Heart Guitar Lesson - Rush


  1. Jon Sweeney on March 11, 2023 at 4:49 pm

    Thanks Carl! Great song. Have you seen the Trailer Park boys episode where Alex Lifeson shows Bubbles how to play Closer to the Heart?

    • Carl Brown on April 1, 2023 at 3:59 pm

      No haven’t seen that one. 🙂

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