Practice: 3, Rehearsal: 2. As I’m getting back into the groove of practicing three-four hours outside of rehearsal, I’m recording myself much more. When something isn’t working, nowadays I’m much more apt to play with extremes. I’ve mentioned extremes of style but you can do extremes of anything, really. Sometimes it results in sounding awful, sometimes it pays off big time. I’ve heard it from a lot of people, usually from friends relaying something their teacher told them, to the effect of “You have to be willing to sound like crap in the practice room.” If you can’t take big risks when you’re playing only for yourself, when can you take them? It opens up the door for more spontaneity in rehearsals and concerts if you’re in the habit of taking risks every day.