Man thanks for the reply!
I could ramble on forever about my playing and my downfalls LOL, there are plenty. But I'll spare ya.
You are spot on with Drumeo. It is awesome, the community is awesome but there is SO much information it's hard to really figure out how to use it in a way that actually stacks progression if that makes sense. I can find any technique or groove I want but like you said, it's a shopping mall. What we get with your site, your teaching style, your masterclasses is...well YOU.
I am sorry this might get long, you don't have to reply but I am just putting this out there for everyone to see. You did a play along tune called Smooth Stockholm. When I first got to Drumeo years back, I played to it like every day for months. Of course, I was just playing to it and not actually working on it or practicing to it. When I play anything, anything at all, I don't learn what others have done to it, I just play what I want and that has been detrimental. Not only with Smooth Stockholm but with everything in and out of drumming. Its something I know about myself and I can't ever seem to change that so that's what I'm doing now. And it started with Smooth Stockholm. Drumeo does collabs and Smooth Stockholm is January's. I loaded it up and watched your version again and for the first time in a long time, and I decided that I am actually going to try to learn your parts. So that was early December, 3 weeks ago. And LOL here I am. Realizing that, even as a long time fan, in order to play things you wrote and to play with a hint of the passion you play with, then I have to actually LEARN FROM YOU.
I plan on recording a few takes of Smooth Stockholm this week/weekend. I'll definitely share so you can see where I am. Things I really know I need to work on, but I'm not quite sure how are Timing. Fluidity. Dynamic control. I equate my drumming to a car with square tires. Give it a road, a start point and an end point...it'll get there. It's gonna look and sound goofy as hell while it does it though. That's my drumming in a nutshell.
I am absolutely going to start the learning paths you suggested in the other thread. I actually can't wait to have that structure. I need it. I know I'm on my 7 day trial or whatever but Adam, I have to warn you...I am here to stay for a good little bit LOL. I honestly can't wait to dive in and make myself better. I know I'll never be great. That ship has sailed. It's too late for me to be anything more than a local rock show, or cover band bar drummer but hey, it is what it is. It doesn't mean I have to settle...(don't let my wife see that LOL, don't want her knowing she can do better hahah.)