Originally Posted by twangjeff
Just expanding on the idea a bit, not trying to ruffle any feathers.
My feathers weren't ruffled.
It just seemed that the OP was celebrating a breathrough in his understanding of something very specific and I wanted to acknowledge that. That's all.
I think it's a really useful thing to be aware of what is 'form' and what is 'content' in all kinds of contexts including music. Those are the two elements that we get to play with in life and the more clarity we have about which is which and the role and importance of each of those elements the more skilled we become at any endeavour.
One way I have of thinking about what the difference is between someone who is highly skilled with music compared to someone who isn't so adept is the degree of organization of patterns (form, structure) that one has over the other. An expert has things ('sounds' in the case of music) mentally/physically organized into consistently recognizable and repeatably patterns whereas with someone not as skilled there will be a lot of disorganization and randomness to what they hear and percieve.