I picked up the bass sometime in the spring, and have been crazily woodshedding over the whole summer. I'm supposed to audition for high school symphony orchestra at the end of August, and to be honest, I think right now I am ready. The thing is, I am gonna be out of town for most of August, with no access to an instrument, and when I come back to audition I'll be out of practice, and maybe even a bit jetlagged. Has anyone else not been able to practice for an extended period of time? What does it feel like? Does your playing ability diminish a lot, or is it like riding a bike? Also keep in mind that I'm still young and have been playing only for a few months... Oh, and any tips for maintaining chops without an instrument? All I'll have with me is a low grade bass guitar, which is useful to some extent.