ok. I’m convinced there’s two kinds of folks (for this purpose) : percussive people and fine-motor-skills people. I’m percussive. I type at 110 wpm and play the piano at an average of 13.5 notes per second. But I can’t solder, juggle three balls more than 10 seconds, or draw. This stuff? Has my awe. Not jealous or envious : it’s out of my skill set. Just awe.

ok. I’m convinced there’s two kinds of folks (for this purpose) : percussive people and fine-motor-skills people.

I’m percussive. I type at 110 wpm and play the piano at an average of 13.5 notes per second.

But I can’t solder, juggle three balls more than 10 seconds, or draw.

This stuff? Has my awe. Not jealous or envious : it’s out of my skill set. Just awe.

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Thank you for the insight: it’s relatable. I always had trouble playing in bands as a kid because I’d “lose the drums” and go faster and faster. [I was ok in large bands but not small ones]

I have my own internal metronome as well — a resting spot (whether typing or piano). 110 wpm typing and 13.5 notes per second piano. I can go for bursts higher and stay slower for short periods, but I always end up back at these spots.

[I’ve done some calculations through the years because my own ‘internal pace’ fascinates me for some reason, ever since I was a kid and they said “There goes Kenny – he beats to a different drummer”. I guess I’ve been searching for the drummer :) ]

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Still those speeds are physical limitations now that I think about it. Internally, I always want FASTER FASTER FASTER. If music isn’t fast enough, I fill up the gaps of time by listening to nuances of the notes, instruments that are slightly out of tune, or focusing on the fading and emerging parts of notes.

I guess I have a fixed clock speed.

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