continually get advice to listen to and emulate other instruments? Do piano players hear from their teachers instructions like "You should listen to guitar players more because your playing is too pianistic". Why is it that the guitar seems to me to get singled out as an instrument where we are often instructed to translate the qualities of other instruments on in order to be better musicians? "Listen to horn players". "Listen to piano players". "Listen to drummers". Is it as common an instruction for other instruments to hear this kind of directive? Are horn players ever asked to listen more to guitar players or piano players.? And while we're on it are piano players ever admonished for playing too pianistically and going for things that lay easily on the piano in the way that guitarists often are? Are pianistis routinely criticized for seeing visual patterns in the keyboard and relying on those to navigate the keyboard? Why does the guitar IMO seem to attract more of this kind of attention then other instruments? The guitar is a very visual instrument in terms of fretboard patterns but surely no more than a keyboard is. If your instrument of choice naturally by it's very design offers you obvious ways to navigate it (and I'm sure most do) in order to make music (and god forbid even have some fun) than why wouldn't we take full advantage of it along with other choices of approaches as well. Yet the guitar seems to get more than it's fair share of negative press in this regard and most of the criticism comes from other guitarists it seems to me. Just wondering.