What I truly meant was that I would play a heck alot more. 14 hrs was just a metaphor saying that I would play more. At the moment, all I can do is put as much improving exercises and do the best I can at every practice. I love playing, but I like playing more in groups. Groups make the piece of music I am playing feel more complete. The only exception is if I am playing a solo, then the music feels very complete by itself. The last thing I feel like doing at the moment would to play for 14 hrs and damage my lips, for they already have cuts from the first week of playing with braces. You are totally right though, practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect. For if you play the right way, and improve what you need to improve in, then you will see improvement.