is it normal to take a couple of day/weeks to figure out a solo, get it up to speed and sounding good?
well if anybody can figure out a solo by Satch/Petrucci/Vai/anyone else of that caliber in an hour my hat's off to them
Lol yeah, no kidding, I'm learning the Tender Surrender solo and its already taking me more than a couple days
It completely depends on how good you are and how hard the solo is...could take minutes, could take hours, it could even take months.
There is no "should" about it, really. Just learn at your own pace.
5 minites to get the jist of it and make the rest up.
If you want it perfect. At least a few weeks. 2 or 3 for me to get a hard solo pretty much down pat.