The guitar solo is still in rude health – here’s what you can learn from today’s most exciting soloists

Eric Gales performs during 2023 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at Fair Grounds Race Course on May 05, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Over the following 15 examples, we are taking a whistle-stop tour through contrasting mix of musical genres of the 21st century, with the aim of identifying just what has made these styles and their solos so great. 

Work through our tab examples and you too will soon be soloing with confidence in a variety of musical settings. We’ve ordered our examples roughly starting with the easiest to play, so why not challenge yourself to work through them all and see how far you can get?

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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.