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.  
As I’m getting back into drumming –and the fact that I’m not that hyper punk kid anymore, I have more patience these days– I started taking lessons again with Jeff. I want to correct my bad habits that I’ve developed over the years, and learn some things that I couldn’t on my own. I told him that I wanted to start all over, from the ground up and back to the basics.  My first lesson was yesterday and we worked on the Gladstone technique, grips etc. I was surprised when he told me that my homework will be working on this material for only 30 minutes a day! I can definitely do that. I’m really looking forward to learning/relearning things that I should have years ago.
 I didn’t have the patience to get drum lessons on a kit either.
 I moved to Nashville also and was his roommate for a time. I really didn’t settle on getting lessons with him then but I should have.
 Jeff has played for a number of artists since I first met him; playing for artists such as: Rebecca St. James, Paul Gilbert, Puddle Of Mudd, Shakira etc. He’s quite a busy sideman here in Los Angeles, and he’s worked very hard to get where he is today.
 Though it’s tempting to get on to the more cool stuff, but I know this is what I need right now. We’ll get to all that jazz later.