new to this forum and pretty new to the guitar (about 5 months).
It was interesting to read the posts here. My "process" for learning a piece is a bit different from what some have described, probably because I'm a beginner and still finding my way around the fretboard!
Basically, I start by going through the piece very slowly, making sure I get all the notes right and make some notes in the score so I'll find the less obvious ones. Then I go through it a few times to understand the shape of it. Then I divide it up into bite sized pieces and work on those individually, moving back and forth to make sure the transitions are right. This gets me to a place where I can play the whole piece with reasonable confidence and usually by heart. Once I'm there, the work starts on making it into music!
So I'm not playing pieces I can necessarily sight read, I have to figure out the notes on the board. Some of the previous comments suggest that this might mean the pieces are too hard. But, even though it takes me longer to figure them out, at the moment I'm looking at about one short piece per 2 weeks that I can then play to a standard my teacher is happy with. My latest piece is Brouwer's etude #6 which is a grade 5 piece. I don't think I'm grade 5 standard overall and this piece is a lot of work, but I'm confident I'll get it playing nicely within a week.
I think I sort of agree with those who work on pieces for a while even if they don't come easy - I think a piece I could sight read wouldn't be enough of a challenge for me at this stage (but this may be due to my limitations vis a vis the fretboard!).
Anyway, great forum, all the best,
Strunal 4635 & 4771