While I agree that getting enough rest is important, the reason that my chops are suffering is because I don't practice enough, plain and simple. The last few years my practicing has been for maintenance and learning new music. I really haven't taken the time to work on my technique in quite a while, and over the last six months or so, much of my practice time has been devoted to learning tunes behind a drum kit because I have been serving as the drummer for my church's praise team. Because of that, my technique has slowly eroded to the point where although I can still get through a rock band or big band gig ok, there is no way I would take a legit gig for pay. It isnâ€™t really a matter of strength in my chops, but a matter of fine control. I got back on the horn last night, but Iâ€™m not sure that taking a day off was such a smart idea. I hit a point with my chops where I decided that it was best not to push them because they just werenâ€™t doing what I needed them to do. Sometimes you have to know when to quit and I made that decision about 30 minutes into my practicing last night. I figured that there was no point in pushing my chops past fatigue if they werenâ€™t responding so I stopped after my long tones and some basic articulation exercises. Iâ€™m sure it will be better tonight.