I posed this question first on the BG side, but remembered that I tend to get better answers to these sorts of questions here. I've tried some different methods of learning tunes, but all of them more or less stem from scale or arpeggio exercises. How about a method that stems from the melody, and embellishes, or builds off this melody in some sort of systematic way that could be turned into an exercise? Yes I know this would be more of a soloistic way of learning a tune and less of a comping approach. I'm curious what ideas are out there. i guess this could either be a way of learning a tune, or perhaps a more general improvisation exercise centered around the melody of a tune.