An honest question, Chris...hypothetically, if we'd take a thousand complete novices, all of them with the exact same background, and have them all practice the exact same things a thousand hours in the same time space, you don't believe there'd be some girls/guys that would be clearly ahead of the rest?
don't mean to "butt in", but I feel peoples physiology is what would make the difference there; not any kind of "extra talent"
case in point: me
- when I was young - like 4-5 years old - I could play polyrhythmic stuff on the kit after a few listens. . But I was not fast. I could play along to Rush and Kansas with no problem....but not Motorhead. Friends of mine could play real fast stuff, but did not have the inherent coordination that I did. I had to work on speed because of how my muscles work. They had to work on coordination because of how theirs worked.