Most of us guitarists (especially "rock guitarists") are guilty of listening to only guitar players, which doesn't help us in broadening our musical journey. But one thing is true, the guitar is the only instrument (to my knowledge) that's capable of transforming into a multitude of different instruments (even replicating unfretted or non-stringed instruments). All it takes is an open mind and an open ear!
There's a wealth of chord progressions, scales, melodies, and explorations that lie within music from around the world. We can take ideas from countries that don't use the guitar (as we know it) by borrowing from other stringed instruments to create a whole new approach to playing guitar. My hope is that you'll gain a wealth of knowledge in exploring these other styles by using unique chord progressions, new scales, and other little nuances to create some sounds you wouldn't have thought of before.
Having this open minded approach when tackling these different elements will make you stand out from the crowd. You'll be able to instantly turn your guitar into an Arabic oud from the Middle East or bring up the meditative effects and add some exotic flavor to your improvisation by imitating an Indian sitar, along with much more. Let's take a journey around the world with our guitar and visit some faraway places!