Individual practice: 2.5 hours. Rehearsals: 4.5 hours. I saw this coming early in the day so in order to feel like I had invested an extra 1.5 hours of practice I changed my approach in the final rehearsal of the day. It’s just 4th of July Band. Pretty low-pressure stuff. So why not play most of the rehearsal double lip? Why not try sight-reading the crap out of it? Earlier in this blog I noticed that I should really make a habit out of sight reading more frequently. I feel like I made the most out of what could have been just an agonizingly boring band rehearsal and so even though I didn’t log four hours on my own I feel good about the work I did today. My embouchure is GONE but I’m sure it’ll be back tomorrow, just a tiny bit stronger. At this point in the game it’s not really about the physical traits of being on top of my game. I have those. The next level is to economize. Work smarter, not harder.