Learn every lick in all positions and with every fingering: yes or no?

Learn every lick in all positions and with every fingering…That is a phrase I read many times in books and heard guitar teachers tell their pupils (be it in real life or on the internet).

I agree that knowing how to play a lick in a lot of ways can be beneficial (it is). The road you follow to do this can already be enlightening. Finding out how to play a short lick in lots of different ways can teach you a lot.

But! There are arguments against obsessing over this.

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