I just read two posts about the importance of practice.
Tim O’Reilly writes about practice in programming:
“If some entrepreneur introduced the bicycle today, no one would fund him. You have to actuallylearn how to use it! …I saw a controller for Guitar Hero that costs a couple of hundred dollars. You can get a decent electric guitar for that price. But you’d have to actually learn something to play it!”
Bob Lefsetz writes about practice in music.
Greatest guitarists of all time? How about Duane Allman. Not only did he practice while watching television, he even brought his guitar to the bathroom! Sure, you’ve got to have talent, but you’ve got to PRACTICE! How much practicing have today’s musicians done?
Highly recommend reading both posts.