I ask this with a tentative addition to the above. Realistically. I want to learn tunes in a legit way, but I also do want to point out that I can't afford to spend a week on one tune. So with this modifier, what's the best way to learn tunes. I know many advocate learning only by ear, and by no means reading out of a fakebook. If that's the recommended way, how do you go about it? Do you nail the root movement first, then chords, then melody? Or do you read the changes out of say a fakebook, but listen to many versions of the tune? I have a similar question about transcription. How do you do it? I have a book full of Paul Chambers transcriptions, and my theory is to get to the point where I can sing the solo, then figure it out on my instrument with the notes in front of me. Or is better to just work out what I can sing without the notes? Lastly, how do you keep all that information in your noggin? I'd hate to forget something I worked so hard to learn. Is using a slow downer acceptable?