I was talking to my saxophonist friend John Palowitch the other day. We were talking about jazz practicing, and how to apply the things that we practice.
When we practice arpeggios or bebop licks, our goal is not to ‘plug in’ these figures wholesale into our playing. The ultimate goal is to internalize these elements of jazz and use them as we create and express ideas on our instrument.
Similarly, when we say the word ‘Dishwasher’, we don’t think to ourselves ‘Now I’m going to use the word Dishwasher’, but rather we automatically use it to express our thought.