Watch the Owning Melodies online guitar lesson by Jennifer Batten from Rock Sauce For Lead Guitar
The differences between your favorite players, aside from their note and rhythmic choices, are the subtle nuances they incorporate that are ingrained in their musical personalities. For this example I'll use the melody from a Charlie Mingus composition played by most guitarist's favorite guitar player; Jeff Beck. You'll never hear him play a melody the same way twice. The key to enjoyable improvisation is to keep exploring, whether you're playing a melody or a solo.