Update #2 Well, I had a gig on Saturday night - I had hesitated to post that I had a gig in less than a week because I didn't want to get the "how you could be so irresponsible to let your chops get out of shape if you had a gig coming up?" thing. However, the net result was pretty interesting. I didn't play as accurately as I would have liked and the first set wasn't as clean as I would have liked. However, the interesting thing came as the gig wore on. At one point I felt like I was starting to fatigue and my sound was starting to thin out in my upper register. The we got a short break, and when I came back after the break, no problems. Good range, good sound, good endurance.... Where did THAT come from? (not that I'm complaining!) And what's more, the bride and groom decided that they DID want the prorated additional set (this had been discussed prior to the commitment and was always a possibility for additional $$$) and although I could feel that my chops had taken a bit of a beating, at this point, I was just blazing through the tunes. I've had that happen to me before, but I have never been able to figure out why it happens - I WISH it would happen every gig! So, I took yesterday off because I did do a lot of hard playing on Saturday night, but it will be back to the practice room tonight with more of the same.