Check it out, Alexa Weber Morales had this comment/question about learning tunes:
"I picked up an Aebersold book at the last IAJE called "How to Learn Tunes". Frankly, I wished there was more meat to it, but the basic gist is, memorize repertoire via categorization. In other words, make lists of tunes you know (or want to learn) grouped by characteristics such as key, meter, tempo, form, type of melody and harmony, rhythm/groove. This is something you can do while traveling or away from your instrument.Another good technique is to work with a metronome and practice the rhythms of a piece. My question lately is, what sort of mnemonic aids do other musicians use? I generally write lyrics over and over by hand to learn them (I'm a singer). But since I don't accompany myself on stage, I find that when I learn a tune on the piano, after the initial process of reading it and learning it, I forget the names of many of the chord changes. In other words, I have the muscle memory in my fingers but intellectually I'm not retaining the names of the chord changes. Any suggestions on improving this, or on learning tunes in general? "
Since all of my readers seem to be such smarty-pants, I figured that one of them would have some great ideas for Alexa. I'm going to award the reader who responds with the most helpful and thorough answer a DVD chock full of incredible Jazz materials. That's right, over four gigs of Jazz books in PFD format, as well as, get this, 110 saxophone solo transcriptions, including MP3s of the original recordings!!!! These transcriptions are available for free if you follow the links here on Casa Valdez, but I have included all the audio files for you to play along with. There are over 72 Cannonball solos on this DVD alone! I can't even list all the harmony and improvisation books, why? Because it's TOTALLY ILLEGAL!!!!!
So let's hear your ideas for learning tunes.
I'll ship the DVD to the winner via Priority Mail.
Now get busy!