I have been playing for a couple of years now and I am having trouble figuring out how much time and effort I should be putting into memorizing songs. When I started out I memorized a whole bunch of songs (50ish); however my goal is to become better at improvising and composing more than playing in a cover band. As I spend more time practising fretboard memorization and rhythm exercises I am finding it difficult to find the time to learn new songs and maintain the memorization of the ones I know. I find this especially tough because I am now focusing on figuring out how a bass line is constructed vs. Memorizing Tab. So my main question is if there is a benefit to memorizing and maintaining a large number of songs if one isn’t playing them live?