Some of the best guitar lessons I’ve had went like this:
No written music allowed.
A tape recorder.
A guitar. An amp.
Richie Hart would play the song or solo, you’d try and copy it as best you could. You’d go home and listen to the tape, practise it.
So, why not leave it at that? No, instead we have to suffer more and more lunatic attempts to destroy music education by “improving” it (meaning of course that it gets worse), and dumbing it down so that anyone can “pass” a meaningless exam.
And for what it’s worth, if you mentioned the word “mode” in Richie’s lesson, God help you!