Probably the 5th or 6th time I've started this post, just haven't found the right words..Probably still not the right words but here we go. I think for most of us, there is simply far too much emphasis placed on gigging and playing out, and not enough attention on refining the overall performance of the band, and to some extent the musicianship of the individual. By that last I mean that I know some pretty good players that simply don't put the time in on individual practice that they should and simply rely on whatever innate skillset they already have going on to get themselves through tunes, often times taking shortcuts, skipping hard parts, and not playing the tune correctly at all. Add in the fact that a lot of times you end up playing to a room that at the end of the night probably may have a 10-12 drunk people left at the end of the night (heck, sometimes 10-12 people total for the whole night) and Im often left wondering what exactly is the point of some of these gigs? Just to get out and be seen on a stage? It obviously isn't to play music as well as one can as some of the folks I see performing don't know the tunes as well as they should. Im not saying people should lock themselves up in rehearsal rooms forever, but a great many bands out there should spend more time rehearsing together and less time gigging. This doesn't apply to all bands either, as there are some good, tight groups out there, but they often times seem to be in the minority.