Its been a minute since I've posted here. Grad school, festivals, and paying the bills have been keeping me pretty busy. I've been thinking a lot about how our time off affects our time on with our instruments. Namely, what we remember and what we forget. For instance, it would be difficult to "unhear" the sound of a major chord but if I don't play for a week my bow control starts to get sloppy. To get things going here are some things I'm curious about: Do you practice year round? Do you take time off from music every now and then? Do you schedule your time off? When you take a long break and come back playing, what "sticks" and what do you have to build back up again? What do you notice between taking a day off vs. a month vs. a year vs. a decade (or longer)? Do you come back stronger after a break once you've put in some practice time? Where is the point of diminishing returns? I've run some of my own personal experiments and talked to quite a few musicians about this and I want to hear what other people have to say.