I’m curious how people go about learning tunes. I’m starting to feel as though my learning process is flawed, because I learn tunes extremely fast and then once I know how to play them, they never get any better. My older tunes lack a lot of the rhythm and flair I am learning to incorporate into my newer tunes. I might give my older tunes a cleaning and rebuild to see if I like them any better now that I have more skills to play them with. And I might start to spend more time on each tune and not consider it "learned" until I have a solid foundation of rhythm, ornamentation, and maybe a couple variations worked out. For the first three years I was happy just to get the notes right.
How do you all go about learning tunes? Slow? Fast? One at a time or in a burst of multiple acquisitions on a slow, rainy weekend? Do you pull out a metronome? Play a simple and boring part over and over again until something interesting happens to it? Do you just hear one in a session so many times that one day you just realize you know it, even if you never noticed it before? How do you get them to stick in your head? How do you pick which tunes to learn? Is "route" pronounced "root" or "rowt’? Does everyone else hate the automatic Grammar and Spelling Checker in Microsoft Word as much as I do?