After Rob posted his version of "Pink Lemonade", along with his comment regarding it being an "easy" piece, I got to thinking about level of difficulty and how long some tunes seem to take to learn.
For example, I have been working on Olly Oakley's "Dashwood Quickstep" for a full year now...and although I can play all the parts "at speed" (no, not as fast as his recording...which is amazing, but I feel really faster than it ought to be played), I have yet to be able to play thru w/o stumbling (often quite badly). God forbid I should try to record it, I doubt I could get thru the A part. Ok, I'll try to put down some portion of it this weekend...please be kind though.
Yet, I believe this tune would be considered "moderate" (between 'easy' and 'difficult'). By this standard, I doubt I will live long enough to attempt something like "Zarana". And there's the rub...I have played thru "Zarana" and the techniques required do not seem all that daunting. The daunting part is getting it all together at one sitting and doing it properly.
I guess sometimes it is the mere 'tunefulness' of the piece that makes it come easily. Stuff like "A Banjo Oddity" just sort of played well from the first reading, same with "Banjoland", though I've forgotten most of it now...
So, by what measure do you claim you've "learnt" any particular tune? When is a tune "finished"? Never?