Need some inspiration? Liven up your playing with these 10 fresh techniques

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Our aim with this feature is to illustrate some cool playing ideas and fresh approaches for electric guitar players of all styles and abilities. Be it grooving with simple funk lines like Cory Wong, working with Hendrix-style chord embellishments, shredding up the fretboard with tapping pyrotechnics, or trying the show-stopping spectacle of slap bass guitar style playing à la Guthrie Govan, there is hopefully something here for everyone. 

We’ve created 10 tab examples, each with its own backing track for you to play over. As is often the way, it doesn’t matter if you can’t manage to play every example in full. Just try to pick up the main themes and techniques. Hopefully you’ll pick up a few new bite-sized phrases for your arsenal of licks. 

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Jon Bishop

Jon Bishop is a UK-based guitarist and freelance musician, and a longtime contributor to Guitar Techniques and Total Guitar. He's a graduate of the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford and is touring and recording guitarist for British rock 'n' roll royalty Shakin’ Stevens.