I'm sure this subject has been beat to death but I feel that our health, especially our hands health is way more important than buying the next coolest amp/guitar or learning that cool arpeggio at 10,000 notes per second. Ok, my thing right now is: I have been putting in 4-5 hours a day of practice for quite a while now. I have made progress, not as much as I like but progress as I have worked on stuff I cannot do or have not been doing very well. My hands are not in pain but they do feel "not strong" I do not like to use the word weak but I think they may need a rest. I feel like if I take a rest for a day or so (I actually think I may need more than that) I will lose what I have gained. My thinking also tells me a break will be good and I will gain more than lose because I will have my strength back. Keep in mind, I'm 45, in good shape (could lose some pounds) eat right, try to get as much rest as possible and ride a bike close to an hour each day weather permitting. Reason I mention the age and stuff is I'm not 16-18 anymore where our hands could take more abuse than the age I am at now. I would like to hear from as many players as possible especially seasoned pros like Ken Rosser, Harry J and many others too numerous to mention how they handle things like this or even if they have these issues. Please excuse my poor use and choice of words but I think everyone knows what I'm trying to get across.