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without seeing your 2 styles with either band is difficult to comment really, BUT some things that jazz up rhythm* Funk-up your chords and yes those shortened bottom half of the Barre chord shapes work well as does plenty of Thwacker Thawacking* If you adopt the above then you can also Slide-into your chords and why not slide back out of them?? This can be done outside of the funky chops style to to add that country feel* Arpeggiate within the chord strum* AC/DC are the Kings of the shortened chords - why play 4 or 5 notes when 2 with some gain will do?* Articulate just the bass contingent of your chord* Vibrato - in whichever way but non-excessive use of any whammy arm is best - so shake that body (guitar's not yours!) for an nice organic result.* Be clever with your ambience. Reverb with short sharp dynamic attack and then a move into longer tails really adds something*Doublestops between shapes where possible - everyone acknowledges doublestops as clever bastard moves!* Move your feet with the music - any movement - even wacky face-pulling - has a direct result on the sound!And think yourself luck that you not gonner have that click on pedal to solo only to get hiss or the wrong sound moment!