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Dieses Interview mit Herbie Hancock ist genial, sollte aber keine Entschuldigung fürs Nicht-Üben sein. Herbie praktiziert übrigens schon sehr lange den Buddhismus Nichiren Daishonins:

Herbie Hancock about practice

The following text is an excerpt from an interview Herbie Hancock did with the Detroit Free Press.
The full interview text is here.
HANCOCK: One word Wayne and I use that sums it up is: possibilities. Limitless possibilities.
FREE PRESS: How do you do that if you don't practice?
HANCOCK: There's so much spontaneity involved, what do you practice? How do you practice teamwork? How do you practice sharing? How do you practice daring? How do you practice being nonjudgmental? Life itself is the practice.
FREE PRESS: You have to have extraordinary command of the fundamentals to play this way.
HANCOCK: Yes. But these ideas are very different than if your goal was to be a virtuoso. I decided years ago that I wasn't interested in being a virtuoso of the piano. The value of music is not dazzling yourself and others with technique. The value of music is to be able to play one note at the right time in the right way.
FREE PRESS: But you are a virtuoso.
HANCOCK: Nah, I'm not. Keith Jarrett's a virtuoso. Chick Corea is a virtuoso. Actually, I do want to start practicing. Wayne Shorter told me something recently that I never thought about before: Sometimes you can practice something but what you wind up playing when you're out doing a gig is not what you practiced. What you learn is not necessarily what you practice.
When I was coming up, I practiced all the time because I thought if I didn't I couldn't do my best. But when I was with Miles, he would never practice. His practice would be as we're walking onstage he would play a chromatic scale -- brrrrrrrrrip!
I would be all over the piano, but Miles would play a few notes that would just wipe out all that fancy stuff I was playing. He would play just a few notes that would have so much honesty and humanity and passion in them that it would go right to your heart. I said, "That's what I want to do."
Miles would say, "When you've been playing 16 or 17 years, you get to a point where it's mind over matter. If you want to play something because you hear it, your fingers and your lips automatically do it." So I decided to try it and it worked. You can practice to learn a technique, but I'm more interested in conceiving of something in the moment. Jazz is about being in the moment. Miles used to say, "I pay you to practice on the bandstand." When you struggle to reach for something you don't know, that's where the most interesting stuff is.
I'm not telling students not to practice or advising people to limit themselves. This is advanced stuff. You can practice to attain knowledge, but you can't practice to attain wisdom.