How many new tunes can you learn simultaneously?
I find that it depends on 3 factors:
1) How many sections (i.e. A parts, B parts, etc.).
2) How comfortable I am with the key or mode of the tune.
3) How often I’ve heard the tune. By this I don’t necessarily mean how many times I’ve ‘dropped the needle’ whilst in ‘learning’ mode, but rather how much the tune has been imprinted in my brain over time (usually evidenced by whether I can sing the melody).
That being said, I’m finding that it is difficult for me to really focus on more than 1 or 2 tunes at at time. I’ve only been learning ITM tunes for about 3 months. I’m wondering if this will change as I get more tunes under my belt. My preference is to totally learn a tune before moving on, much to the dismay of family members who have to hear tune fragments over and over again.