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In a way the slate is the mid and fingers,and mouth of the performer(s).
Playing any sort of instrument one is experienced on generally involves
habits.Practice usually is an approcach to develop habits conducive to
articulation.At one time I reacted againts the obsessio with technique by
refuseing to develop any,eventually I recognzed that I had a limmited
of themes that recycled,and the same thing happens with alot of conceptual
primitivists I've encountered. So chops become necessary,but then must
be the point. Boxers ,martial artsists,generals address the same issue,to
rely on patterns is to become predictable,and defeatable.In Zen they
say,'after you cross the river burn your boat' and 'If you meet the bhudda
on the road ,kill him.' and 'Zen is a finger pointing at the moon' these
address not mistaking the vehicle for the goal. Easy enough concept, just
empty the mind. I've noticed we humans can be quite uncomfortable with
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