I've always found the events to be fun, for one thing. I've gotten a lot better on guitar, but, let's be honest, it's pretty unlikely that I'm going to play a set in front of an actual audience of cheering fans. Ever. The Stones were famous before they got old. I sort of missed the deadline.
But, beyond the self-delusion, I find the event structure to be helpful. It lets me build up songs little by little while keeping me from agonizing over any one song for too long. I adopted the event-focused approach last Fall back when I lost my game save data and had to restart my Journey from the very beginning. Prior to that, I never played an event until I had at least 70k on each song in the setlist. On Journey II, I play events as soon as I meet the minimum qualifying score (MQS). And, as often as not, if I can't qualify the song before RS asks me if I want to lower the MQS, I lower the MQS. Not always, but often.
This approach has been much less stressful for me. Before that change I came dangerously close to throwing my guitar through the TV on more than one occasion. That's just me. I'm sort of impatient with myself about the wrong things. Trying to get a song from 0 to 70k at one time is a bit much for me to take on. Events let me build songs up in smaller increments.
For example, here's how one of my Mastered songs has progressed:
|Artist||Kings of Leon|
|26-Sep-2012||61012||81||92||Event 4 Q = 21,900|
|26-Sep-2012||71647||Event 4 Performance|
|4-Oct-2012||74933||83||95||Event 19 Q = 90k|
|4-Oct-2012||102469||Event 19 Performance|
|14-Feb-2013||Event 38 - Q = Prequalified|
|14-Feb-2013||100423||Event 38 Performance|
|14-Feb-2013||106034||93||105||lvl: outro maxed|
This is pretty typical for me. Obviously, it takes more time and effort to qualify some songs for events than others, but as a rule by the time I play something in three events I have it close to mastered. On Use Somebody, all I had to do after the third event play was to clean up the outro phrase and - boom! - mastered. Anything with a significant solo takes much more work.