I read elsewhere about a Brass playing University Student who was told that he needed to play eight hours a day to maintain his current skill level and more if he wanted to improve. That Student decided that the path shown to him was too hard and once graduated didn’t follow music as a career, he does something completely unrelated now. The question in my mind is what is the process (or, indeed, what are the processes) we should include in our reasoning about our own musical path. What level of skill can we, as ‘unique’ individuals, reasonably achieve and then maintain? What focus or not should we put on our playing in terms of various styles of play and various different types of instrument. How do we become efficient in maintaining and gaining skills? Actually it’s quite a broad topic though I hope it looks well beyond ‘do an hour of Arban every day and all will be well’. Appropriate (to the individual) and Sustainable (for that individual) Practice is the thread’s tittle. Your thoughts please.