Very well said. Something I keep seeing is people who get "stuck" on one way of doing things and they end up severely limiting their palate for sounds or working much harder than they need to to make certain sounds happen. It's one reason I think that often it's good to let "need" dictate your technique learning. Sometimes I'll come across something that requires I tweak what I'm doing, or learn a new technique to do it right... I always end up having a better grasp on when and how to use that technique than if I had just drilled it from a book without context.just like a stick you are never going to use the foot plate only one way
sometimes you choke up on the stick for a desired sound and feel ...
sometimes you choke up on the plate for a desired sound and feel
sometimes you control the stick ... sometimes you allow it to respond to a surface
sometimes you bury the beater ... sometimes you play off the head
on and one and on and on
don't corner yourself into playing one way and always do what is comfortable for you
never listen to anyone who says anything like "this is the correct way and this is the incorrect way"