How often should I REST (take days off) to heal during my first year of upright? Played electric for 30 years. Switched to upright. I've been taking lessons for about 7 months now progressing nicely with a local instructor. The worst part of learning upright? FORCING myself to take the occasional day off to heal. I'm not talking about calluses those are fine. I'm talking about resting my hands and arms and back muscles so they can heal just like when running (which I used to do) or lifting weights (which I've never done) it seems my muscles reach a point of diminishing returns, where no amount of practice makes the bass seem easier to play and I sense the potential danger of straining my left pinky or pizz hand. Right now I'm practicing about 2-3 hours per day maximum (in three one-hour sessions), and taking one day OFF about every 5 days or so to heal. When should I expect to be strong enough to practice nearly every day? One year in? two years in? How long does it take for an adult student to develop the muscle tone to play this thing?