i'm kind of stressed recently because i sort of falling behind on practice.  the material is getting progressively harder, and so i need to spend more time with it.  i spend as much time as i can, schedule permitting, but i'm always at a point of let's say, 60% - 70% satisfaction.  not really high enough to be able to internalize the assigned tunes enough to be able to comfortably play around with it.

and i'm not talking improv over the progressions comfortable, i'm talking simple things like giving the left hand some groovy syncopation comfortable. you know, the point where you're putting nice touches into the right hand playing lines as witten, feeling it, and controling the groove to a certain degree.  i can't get quite there in enough time.

so i'm wondering.. actually i wonder if i already asked this.. but anyway, i wonder what's just too much?  does this just mean it's at a good challenge level?  because it sort of doesn't feel comfortable..  like i'm trying to grasp something while never coming close to touching it.  dunno, where do you draw the line?
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all work and no play will burn most of us out.  sounds like you need to balance the difficult long term goal stuff with stuff you already feel comfortable doing.

when i was gigging for a living, i would practice things that were way more complicated and difficult than things i would actually play on gigs.  so when i practiced i knew how much i sucked, but when i played gigs i felt like i knew what i was doing :)
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