Breadth or Depth?
How do you balance learning more tunes or perfecting the tunes you know?
More broadly, what is your strategy for improving your tune base, your musical skill and mastering your instrument?
Theoretically, I side with the "deeper" rather than "broader", and I try to resist the temptation to learn the latest cool tunes I heard at the last session; my prime directive is to continually improve my core tunes. Of course, I regularly fall off that wagon.
Some random thoughts:
Learning more tunes is necessary to playing in Sessions.
I could play Kesh jig and Maid Behind the Bar until they were coming out my ears.
Learning more tunes lets you practice similar things in different ways, and it builds knowledge of common elements.
I could focus on a particularly challenging tune like Red Crow, which is the bane of my life as a flute player.
I could spend more time working on scales, arpeggios, technical exercises, etc…
I could work on speed, tone quality or expression.
I could spend time adding tunes in another key signature, let’s say A or F.
I guess it depends on how you balance or define breadth & depth.