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Don't let Patkins fool you... R&R is Rip and Roar. Don't take a day off. Keep the momentum going. Use massage and ice after playing, before bed, (in bed: massage with your significant other); then when you wake up in the am, massage. Massage again just before your NEXT days practice. But no days off... if you want a vacation, take more time in bed meassaging your significant other!!
Taking a day off may or may not hurt. If my friend misses a day, he loses a two weeks, if I miss a day...well I miss a day and usually come back the same or stronger. That being said, I have a set "Sunday" practice (because it just happens that way) that is specifically designed for tough days. I do it the day after any gig, performance, or "smash fest workout."
"There are two sides to a trumpeter's personality: there is the one that lives only to lay waste to the woodwinds and strings, leaving them lying blue and lifeless along the swath of destruction that is a trumpeter's fury; then there's the dark side...." --Michael Stewart
But seriously, I know this goes against the grain of many of the honorable members here, but I'm of the school that feels it's OK to take a day off now and again. If anything, I fiind my playing improves after leaving my horn(s) in the case for a day.
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