The daily dose of a Daily Prompt by the Daily Post.
You have to learn a new skill. Do you prefer to read about it, watch someone else do it, hear someone describe it, or try it yourself?
They say, “Experience is the best teacher”. Personally, learning a new skill would be better with actual practice. You cannot simulate or imagine the skill you’re supposed to learn in the mind because eventually you will have to do it, and it is a lot different than just thinking about it.
As a child, I have learned to play the piano not by just reading or watching someone else do it but by actually trying to play some notes. Hearing music alone will not help for a beginner, not unless your a prodigy. The practicality of playing continuously is like the 99% factor in learning the skill.
Reality vs. Imagination is not applicable always.
I have also tried drawing which took a lot of practice, even though I was only copying a certain drawing. I remember my cousin would make me draw the same character every time he goes to our place, and I would repeatedly draw it until it was exactly its look-a-like. Imagining how you would do it is not always gonna align on how it will come as an output.
Watching someone else do it is also not good because each of us has a different perception about things. Some may find it easy to learn something, while others do not. Reading about a skill and watching someone else could help but only in a broad sense.