On this site we’ve frequently written about learning tunes. This is no coincidence – learning tunes goes hand in hand with improving as an improviser.
Whether you’re practicing, performing, or simply listening to a few records with some friends you’re dealing directly with tunes. Keeping this in mind, building a solid repertoire of tunes should be near the top of your practice list as a serious musician.
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out some of the these articles to help you get started with building your repertoire:
- A Blueprint for Building your Repertoire
- 10 Key Tunes
- 5 Tunes you should know and why
- Do you know that tune?
- How to learn a tune in 30 minutes
- Thoughts on learning tunes
- 5 Secrets to learning tunes
These articles are a good place to begin when you want to start building a solid base of tunes that you’ll feel confident performing, but what’s your next step?
If you’ve learned a handful of tunes and have a solid grasp of chord progressions, the answer is simple – you just need to learn more tunes.
However, this simple solution isn’t as easy as it sounds. As soon as you get into the practice room things begin to look a little different. The prospect of picking out one tune to learn from the hundreds upon hundreds of standards out there can be an overwhelming and even depressing process.
Where do I even begin? Why choose one tune and not another? … Read More