Rock Lobster, I had exactly the same view as you - I definitely didn't want to take exams. I also didn't want to do anything "classical", so my teacher was pretty much like yours - she picked pieces, I worked on them until I could play them, and then we moved onto another piece, all jazz, swing, blues etc.All,
This has prompted me to ask about something I have been wondering for some time. I am a learner and have been at lessions for 14 months. At the beginning we worked through "A Tune A Day" and have now moved on to my teacher picking a tune which we work on until she feels I can play it, then we move onto a new tune, I am enjoying this and have no complaints. At the beginning my teacher asked if I wanted to do the grades and I said no, thus the strategy above. Do you think a better approach would have been to progress through the grades? Is it too late to satrt?
I would appretiate your opinions.