I played a duo gig a couple of weeks ago, on the patio of a coffee house. All that practicing - an hour a day - I've been doing for over a year resulted in a) better sightreading and intonation than ever, and b) mild disappointment that I didn't get to use the bow. Then, three days later, my community-college string orchestra had its concert. No live audience. I was the only bassist (that makes me the Principal ), and I'd never played in an orchestra before this past February. But the director sent me an email afterwards thanking me, saying I "made the orchestra sound better." I think I've found my later-in-life musical direction!