Excerpt from the ending section of 'Mr. Rush'
'Music has Evolved' CD
This ending segment from the tune, 'Mr. Rush' has all the fun chops a guitarist could want. Fast 16th note alternate picking, accending string skipping and a big ole' arpeggio in the last measure! The only thing that's kinda funky about this line is the 5/4 time signature in the 2nd measure.
This lick is based in A Dorian mode. During the 2nd measure I accent up the neck with a 4 note pattern, while 'pedaling' off the open D string to give it an underlying common tone. No mystery there...just a cool technique (often called a 'pedal point' or 'pedal tone'). I also used this same concept on the main rhythm section to 'Lights in the Sky.' I only mention this because it's a technique that I use occasionally. You might want to try experimenting with this by playing a 3 or 4 note pattern ascending and descending while the last note of each phrase is the same open string. Joe Satriani, for example, likes to do this A LOT! During measure 4 I try to build the tension with diatonic arpeggios (in A Dorian) in an ascending 3 note string skipping technique (a la Eric Johnson) that ends with a Gmi7 arpeggio (Gmi9 in the second octave by adding the A note).
I chose this passage for a lesson clip because I wanted a versatile lick for you to practice/learn and be able to incorporate some of these concepts into your playing style. If you've already got these licks down, then FINE....time to move on to something more challenging, like the Pentatonic tapping lesson on the Warp 3 site! See you there."
the following bio material provided by Ryan Maza
Ryan Maza, Warp 3 - B I O G R A P H Y
From their formation in 1999, WARP3 has since captured a sizable niche audience in the states as well as overseas, particularly in Italy, where Maza writes an ongoing instructional column for the Italian publication 'Guitar Chef Magazine.' Ryan has recently been asked to contribute similar articles for the 'Guitarapalooza.com' website. Along with last year's release of their debut CD, 'Music has Evolved,' the band launched a companion website which has catapulted to top positions in major search engines on the World Wide Web. The eye-catching site has also received critical acclaim in Internet circles, leading to product endorsements for Maza from Elixir Strings and Kradl Picks.
Guitar virtuoso Ryan Maza founded Warp 3, and also writes and arranges most of the band's music. Dense close-voiced harmonic structures, clean, chopping stabs of chords and horn-like "sheets of sound" round out the guitarist's arsenal. Although he can execute intricate passages with speed and finesse, Maza prefers to 'hold-back,' focusing the listener's attention on the song. In fact, he considers his compositions to be an integral part of his playing style, in which leaving space for other instruments to share the spotlight is a major component.
Maza is no neophyte to the Arizona music scene. Well known and respected as a 'hired gun' for studio projects, and as an 'on call' fill-in for other bands, he has done demo-compilation work for the Roland music company as well. Ryan, who plays a custom Warp 3 guitar built by renowned luthier Bob Mick, was nominated for the 'Best Guitarist 1999' award in the band's hometown.