I’ve been working on improvisation mainly: Lead tones, arpeggios and scales. In the process I’ve also learned a few tunes (very important!). Minor Swing, Swing 42, J’attandrai, Tears, Blue Drag, Bistro Fada. I am still expanding my repertoire bit by bit and am enjoying learning new tunes (next on my list is Topsy, Blues minor, Swing 39 and Django’s Tiger). The issue is the way I’m learning these songs. I’ve been using a slow downer and tab, when available, to learn these tunes as played by Django (and Wrembel for Bistro Fada). I learn the melody and the entire solo. This has been great because I learn the little nuances that are in Django’s playing and I get a bit of ear training in the process. My reasoning for this is that eventually I’ll be able to make up my own solos. However, the down side is that this is time consuming and after about 6 months of playing I only know how to play 6 songs. I recently ran into a Robin Nolan gig book, I noticed he just presents the melody and chord changes similar to sheet music. So is this the best way to build my repertoire or should I stick to my current routine? Advice porfavor!