I am in an unbelievablely great mood because with perserverience I've worked through a plateau or sticking point in my drumming. I've played the drums from age 6 and now I'm in my 30's. I've played with a purpose for at least 15 years but with the advancements in the internet and youtube I've probably learned more in the last 5 years than I ever thought possible. I've played several different styles of music but I really enjoy the hard metal stuff. Probably because of my age, but I've loved speed and double bass and prided myself in technique. I've also known my limitations as well. For a few years I've been trying to master command of double bass foot work and speed, power and all the while doing it without forcing it. Yesterday I figured something out and then it just hit me; so this is how it's done. I've read a lot of information on line here and watched a lot of techniques on youtube ect... drum videos, and practiced, practiced, practiced. working through a sticking point brings an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction thats hard to explain. Although my breakthrough happened to be in double bass it isn't the basis of the thread. This issue was over 3 years old. How long have some of you been working on Plateau's? Do you remember the feeling of overcoming something? Although business isn't good and money isn't great either, I don't care because I've got such a great feeling of accomplishment. Don't get me wrong, I'd like more money, but the world's problems just aren't as big today as they were before.