Back at it now. Just wanted to observe a couple days of silence, leave Jerry at the top of the blog for a few days.
In the meantime, the 100 Days continue and with style.
Experiment yesterday: Can lots of playing substitute for practice? Conclusion: No.
We planned to go to Bill Black's session at Tommy Doyle's in the afternoon, then I had a gig there with Stage Door Canteen later that night. That's about four hours of playing. I thought I'd give myself a break and not hit the practice room. Actually, frankly I didn't have a chance so I thought I'd at least get my playing in and still count it as a day.
Because it was an experiment, it still counts as a day. But as it turns out, it doesn't work. Gigging is not the same as practicing. And playing is not the same as practicing.
Practicing requires a certain mindfulness, an awareness and focus, an intentionality. Performing does too, but not quite the same kind. Performing is where the rubber hits the road. Practice is where you install and pump up the tires. Practice is where you can fix your errors.
Conclusion: Performing does NOT substitute. Same joy should be brought to both endeavors, but the focus is different.