Rush: Countdown
From the album Signals (Mercury Records)
Copyright 1982 Core Music Publishing
Music by Lee and Lifeson
Lyrics by Peart

Comments/corrections to Rich Soto 

Transcribed by Rich Soto


This song is a favorite of mine. It has all sorts of time changes.
I've noticed in the song's video that Alex plays an E5 chord
as the openning chord. However, that isn't what's on the actual
recording so I use the E7sus4th just as it was originally recorded.
Just a few chord parts are buried in the mix so I tried to get it
as best as possible.

---0---------------0---------------0---------------7-----------------|--------
---0---------------0---------------0--------------10-----------------|--------
---7---------------6---------------4---------------7-----------------|--------
---7---------------7---------------5---------------7-----------------|--------
---5---------------7---------------5---------------9-----------------|--------
---x---------------x---------------x---------------7-----------------|--------
   E7sus4th        A Maj.add9      G Maj.6th       D Maj.6th  Play 4x

---0---------------0---------------0---------------7-----------------|--------
---0---------------0---------------0--------------10-----------------|--------
---7---------------6---------------4---------------7-----------------|--------
---7---------------7---------------5---------------7-----------------|--------
---5---------------7---------------5---------------9-----------------|--------
-0-x-------------0-x-------------0-x-------------0-7-----------------|--------


---0-0---0------------7---0-0---0--------0----0-0---0-----------0--0------7---
---0-0---0------------7---0-0---0-------------0-0---0-----------3--0------7---
---7-7---7-----9--9-9-9---6-6---6----------6--4-4---4-----------4--4------9---
---7-7---7-----9--9-9-9---7-7---7-------------5-5---5-----------5--5------9---
---5-5---5-----7--7-7-7---7-7---7------7------5-5---5-----------5--5------7---
-0-x-x---x-----0--0-0-7---x-x---x----0--------x-x---x----0--0-0-x--x------7-0-


---------------7------------7----0---0---------------0--------0---------------
---------------7------------7----0---0---5---5vvv-------3--------3------------
---------7-----9----7-7-7-7-9----6---6-----6------6-\------4--------4---------
---7vvv--7-----9----7-7-7-7-9----7---7---------------------------------5vvvvv-
-9-------5-----7----5-5-5-5-7----7---7----------------------------------------
---------0-----7----0-0-0-0-7----x---x----------------------------------------
    Bar                                       Bar                       Bar

-0--0---0---7---7--|-----------------------------------------------------|----
-0--0---0---7---7--|-----------------------------------------------------|----
-4--6---6---9---9--|-------7---7---7-------------------------------------|----
-5--7---7---9---9--|-------7---7---7---5---5---5---3---3---3---5---5---5-|----
-5--7---7---7---7--|-------5---5---5---5---5---5---3---3---3---5---5---5-|----
-x--5---5---7---7--|-------x---x---x---3---3---3---1---1---1---3---3---3-|----
  .          .   .  Riff-A .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .

--------------------------------------------x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|-----------------
--------------------------------------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|-----------------
--------7---7---7---------------------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|-----------------
--------7---7---7---5---5---5---3---3---3---5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|-----------------
--------5---5---5---5---5---5---3---3---3---3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-----------------
--------x---x---x---3---3---3---1---1---1---x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|-----------------
 Riff-B .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .

-0-0---0---0---0-0---0---0----0-0---0---0---0-0---0---0----0-------0-------0--
-0-0---0---0---0-0---0---0----0-0---0---0---0-0---0---0----0-------0-------0--
-9-9---9---9---9-9---9---9----6-6---6---6---6-6---6---6----4-------4-------4--
-9-9---9---9---9-9---9---9----7-7---7---7---7-7---7---7----5-------5-------5--
-7-7---7---7---7-7---7---7----7-7---7---7---7-7---7---7----5-------5-------5--
-x-x---x---x---x-x---x---x----5-5---5---5---5-5---5---5----3-------3-------3--
 Rhy.1

-----0-------0----0-----0-----0-----|-0-0---0-------------------------0-0-0---
-----0-------0----0-----0-----0-----|-0-0---0-------------------------0-0-0---
-----4-------6----6-----6---6-6-----|-9-9---9------9--9-7-7-7--7--9\--6-6-6---
-----5-------7----7-----7---7-7-----|-9-9---9------9--9-7-7-7--7--9\--7-7-7---
-----5-------7----7-----7---7-7-----|-7-7---7------7--7---------------7-7-7---
-----3-------5----5-----5---5-5-----|-x-x---x-------------------------x-x-x---
                                      Rhy.2

---------------------1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---x----x------x--x--x-x--|-
-------------5-0-----1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---5----5------5--5--5-5--|-
-6---6-6-------------2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---5----5------5--5--5-5--|-
---7-----7-------7---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---5----5------5--5--5-5--|-
-----------7-------7-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3----3------3--3--3-3--|-
---------------------1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1---x----x------x--x--x-x--|-
                     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .

------------|-------------------------|---------------------------------------
------------|-------------------------|---------------------------------------
------------|-7---7---7---------------|---------------------------------------
------------|-7---7---7---5---5---5---|---------------------------------------
------------|-5---5---5---5---5---5---|---------------------------------------
------------|-x---x---x---3---3---3---|---------------------------------------
 Play Riff-A  .   .   .   .   .   .

----------------------------------------|----------------x-----------------|--
------0-------0------0--------0---------|------0-------0-2-----------------|--
--------2--------------2--------2-------|--------2-------2-----------------|--
----3-------3------3--------3-----------|----3-------3---2-----------------|--
----------------0-----------------3-2-0-|----------------0-----------------|--
-1--------3--------------1--------------|-1--------3-----x-----------------|--
 Rhy.3 (Play 3x)                                         Use Middle finger

-0-0-0---0---0----------|------7---------7---------5----0-0----------0---0----
-0-0-0---0---0----------|------7---------7---------5----0-0----------0-----3--
-1-1-1---1---1----------|-9----9----9----9----6----6----6-6---6-6----4--------
-2-2-2---2---2----------|-9----9----9----9----7----7----7-7---7-7----5--------
-2-2-2---2---2----------|-7----7----7----7----7----7----7-7---7-7----5--------
-0-0-0---0---0----------|-0----7----0----7----5----5----x-x---5-5----x--------
     .   .   . Play 12x

-------------------------------------|------|------|-----|-0-0---0------------
-------------------------------------|------|------|-----|-0-0---0------------
-4---------4----------4---4---4---4--|------|------|-----|-9-9---9------------
---5vvvvv--5----------5---5---5---5--|------|------|-----|-9-9---9------------
-----------5----------5---5---5---5--|------|------|-----|-7-7---7------------
-----------3----------3---3---3---3--|------|------|-----|-x-x---x------------
    Bar                               Riff-A Riff-B Rhy.1

-0------------0-0-0-0---------------------1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1-------
---0----------0-0-0-0-------------5-0-----1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1-------
-----8---9----6-6-6-6-----6-6-------------2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2-------
-------9---9--7-7-7-7---------7-------7---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3-------
--------------7-7-7-7-7---------7-------7-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3-------
--------------x-x-x-x---------------------1---1---1---1---1---1---1---1-------
                                          .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .

-x----x----x--x----x--|--------------|----------------------------------------
-5----5----5--5----5--|--------------|----------------------------------------
-5----5----5--5----5--|--------------|----------------------------------------
-5----5----5--5----5--|--------------|----------------------------------------
-3----3----3--3----3--|--------------|----------------------------------------
-x----x----x--x----x--|--------------|----------------------------------------
                       Play Riff-A 2x

-----5---------3---------1---------3------------|---------------------------|-
-----5---------3---------1---------3------------|---------------------------|-
-----6---------4---------2---------4------------|---------------------------|-
-7---7--7--5---5--5--3---3--3--5---5--5---------|---------------------------|-
-7---7--7--5---5--5--3---3--3--5---5--5---------|---------------------------|-
-5---5--5--3---3--3--1---1--1--3---3--3---------|---------------------------|-
        .         .         .         . Play 2x  Play Rhy.3 repeating/fade