I tried to learn sailing a few decades ago. I didn't have a boat. I tried to learn through a class and a book. It seemed very hard to understand the angle of the wind and the angle of the sail.
I tried to learn music. It seemed hard to judge the length of a note -- how do you know the half note you are playing is exactly twice as long as the quarter notes. It seemed hard to know which beats to accent.
But then I just started playing songs on the ukulele, songs that I already knew how they sounded. Then the length of the notes was instinctive. I didn't have to think of which note was a quarter note and which wasn't. I just played the song the way it goes.
People speak their native languages with correct grammar, even if they can't tell you what a direct object is. I find in music that I'm able to play songs without my brain fully knowing what I'm doing. I think perhaps if I were sailing a boat and I could feel the pressure of wind on sail, I would know how to adjust the sail, even if I couldn't conceptualize the angles.