First off, I play in a rock cover band that does pretty well in my neck of the woods. We aren't out to be Led Zeppelin or anything, but we love to play and have a good time doing so. I've been playing about 15 years, and would say I've diligently practiced the last 10 of those, sometimes up to 3 or 4 hours a day. For a lot of that time I had myself convinced that I was going build the chops up and rock it like Jaco, Jeff Berlin, yada yada. I recently had the epiphany that *I don't care* about playing lead bass or jazz. Just isn't me. While I have the utmost respect and admiration for players of that ilk, I'm much more a band guy. My heroes have always been guys like (don't laugh) Nikki Sixx and Gene Simmons on up to Mark Hoppus. Blasphemy, I know. I guess I hadn't stopped to think about why I was trying to play like that. Even if I could those chops wouldn't be leaving the bedroom or basement. So beyond learning tunes to play in the band I don't really practice anymore. Besides the usual worthy reasons (family, work) I've found there's no reason at this point to play scales (know em) or work on speed (I'm as fast as I'm going to be, not that I need to be for the music I play) or think about theory (know too much as it is, zzzzzz....). Anyone else ever get like this? A few months ago I confused it with a slump, but I don't think that's the case because I still loved performing and playing out.