Happy girl wrote:I can understand the theory why one wouldn’t want to play a tune to which one really has no affinity, but this one dimensional approach could have the drawback of not being open to new information, resulting in the curtailing of the learning/growing process.
Discussing and agreeing possible song choices is a perfect solution; to me it seems like a wasted opportunity when a student will play only what he wants rather than take advantage of the expertise & experience a good teacher has to offer.
We are all different, but this is my mantra: Keep learning; embrace new ideas in abundance, but above all, to ward off staleness, stay inquisitive.
For me, I wouldn't say that I will always only play what I want when it comes to the learning process, but sometimes you can encounter something that creates too much negativity to make it a learning opportunity. There are alot of music choices to pick from that can allow me to learn and practice using different keys, styles etc or have unique parts to them that will benefit me in my journey to master this instrument. My current tutor picks out tunes and explains why he picked a particular tune and what I will learn from it. But you are correct to keep an open mind and will continue to do so.