so, about four months ago I found myself on a plateau, a place where I felt like I had hit a wall, and where my drumming wasn't progressing the way I wanted it to anymore. I was listening to my favorite bands (Saosin, Thrice, Thursday) and trying to figure out what it is that separates those drummers from myself, and than it hit me like a brick...CONTROL. I realized that I couldn't do single stroke roll fills. dropped double and quadruples, and double bass fills as fast or clean as those guys. So I literally put down all my books and practiced nothing but single stroke rolls with marching sticks, dropped double and quadruple fill combinations, and double bass control exercises and nothing else. I worked on nothing but my control, and I didn't even play my drums for three months straight, I just played on my practice pad (sitting on top of my snare) and my double bass pedal attached to my Gibraltar kick practice pad with a metronome of course. I also bought and started using my NSD Powerball like every nite...and I COMPLETELY BROKE THROUGH MY WALL. I don't even sound like the same drummer...I was busy trying to learn all of this technique and doing all of these rudiment exercises and I was completely ignoring what I now think is the most important part of rock drumming...stick control and foot control. You can try to play the most advanced, syncopated, off time beat, but everything is going to sound like sh*t if the control isn't there. Everything I play sounds so much cleaner now and I can do Alex Rodriguez single stroke roll fills hit for hit. I just was wondering if anyone else has had any epiphanies like this that have really gotten them through a stale period in their drumming, because I would love to hear about it.