This has gone back and forth for ever. I have been guilty of saying we do the song our way, but as time went by, it meant we couldn’t do it the original way. There is a lot to say for the dedication some cover baNds put into a song to get it just right. Most small local bands do just enough to pass. I wish i could pull things off like records, but i dont have the practice technique or discipline, until COVID. Now when i practice, be it mostly originals, i take the time to come up with creative parts that fit in. I then work them until i got them down. note for note, each time. So in practice i say note for note. In front of people you get what you get as things can go wrong. But the better rehearsed, the closer it is. Its a slower process of learning for me, but i have the satisfaction of knowing I tried and succeeded. I’m pretty sure tommy Emanuel is note for note. Yes, he has skills beyond most, but he also practiced like 8 hours a day. I am done with local act as that say its good enough. My experience is it rarely is. No one wants to admit they cant do it, or Putin the time to do it. I keep telling my son, who is working on trombone in school, virtually, its practice time. Practice is not nessarily fun time, its work time. Repeating things you keep getting wrong. Reapproaching until you get it right. Then there is satisfaction. If you practice by just playing what you know, the same way each time, its not practice, its a solo jam. Rant over. And 5 more posts until 10000. Better wait until i have a something happy to say.