Technique, theory, taste and feel are the key ingredients in any guitar solo – work on these elements and you will play better, more expressive leads

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Welcome to our feature centred on playing better solos. In it we aim to identify core techniques and soloing concepts with a view to supercharging your vocabulary.

We have split our 15 examples into three sections, each with five examples. The first section is based around technique. Section two is more music theory-based and the third section concentrates on taste and feel. 

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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.