I'm curious though. If you play at a level where you're playing the Opera House, playing that extensively, etc. why do you think taking a little bit of a break will somehow diminish your playing? Do you think your skills are that fragile? (My guess would be no ones are that fragile especially professionals like yourself) Do you honestly think playing a couple of the easier (for your level) Arban pages has any real benefit? I liken it to a marathon runner who just ran a race, maybe preceded by some heavy training. Then after the race worrying that if she takes a day off her running will suffer, so she takes a short slow walk around the block. I'd ask her the same thing.