One thing I've come to realize about myself and my playing is that it's possible for me to over-practice or over-work a piece. Just yesterday I took an audition. This was a very important audition to me and all I wanted to do was to play my best. Unfortunately, I did not. I started to prepare for this audition way too early, got all my rep sounding really good months before the audition only to find they started to go downhill within weeks before. Because of this, I kept practicing them over and over to try to get them back to where they were. But I just couldn't do it. And what makes it worse is the same thing happened to me a year ago. For me, this was really upsetting and extremely frustrating but I have learned a lot from these experiences. For my sanity's sake, has this kind of situation ever happened to any one else? Working a piece up way too early only to find that it starts to get worse when the time comes to perform it? I hope I'm not the only one. Also, if anyone knows why this might have happened, please share. Thanks.