I am starting to learn to play more jazz tunes. How do you guys go about learning jazz songs. I have a copy of some fakebooks that are great. I want to learn Love for Sale by Cole Porter. I have been listening to the Charlie Parker version for a few months on my MP3 player and decided to learn this song. I was taking lessons when I had a job and my teacher taught me to learn the melody first, then work on the arpeggios of the chords and then to practice walking over the chords. I am curious how others learn to play jazz songs. As far as walking bass lines for jazz, do you constantly change your lines each time you play the song or do you stick with one version and play it that way each time....I guess that is not improvisation then.