I’m mostly a self taught drummer but going this route does have it’s disadvantages. When I first started drumming however, I was only interested in rocking out, and oh ya, I was way too hyper to stick with lessons, especially dealing with things called fundamentals. After all, I wanted to be a drummer not a “paradiddler”. When my peers in marching band –I played the lowly cymbals– were working on rudiments, I was working on beats.  Fast forward some years here, I joined a band that had a record deal and I met the drummer that did the session for their record, Jeff Bowders. I ended up taking only one lesson with him, and he eventually moved to Nashville.  
I just finished up watching the free live lesson/clinic from Mike Johnston (Mikes Lessons) on practical independence, and I have to say, I’m quite grateful that he did this today. I recently discovered Mike via some online drum forums, and so when I found out he was doing this lesson, I jumped at the chance to watch it. The feed went live at 11am Pacific and lasted for an hour. (He’ll be doing an encore at 6 pm tonight).