I did understand. I just tend to nerd out on that kind of stuff.I think you understood that that my point was that you don't have to learn that crazy Stick Control application. I mean that's all good, but my point is to put even a technical exercise into a musical context. Always play off of something.
As far as remembering melodies, it just takes a lot practice, Sing, a lot. Sing out loud, in your head. Just do it everyday! I sing along with Sintra, Miles Davis , John Coltrane, Clifford Brown, to name a few. When I started in college back in the 80's I had HORRIBLE ears and sense of pitch. I only had played drums up until then. After a butt load of theory, ear training, sight singing, piano, and mallets and it slowly got together. Now I sing on gigs, and people compliment me more on my voice than they ever did on my instrument. But being able to sing everything that I play has made me a much better drummer. Steve Houghton had " Can't sing it, can't play it" painted on his wall!
Check out Steve Gadd demonstrating brushes while humming "My Romance" and "Bye Bye Black Bird" I think the great drummers are always playing off of something like a melody in there mind (audiation) or humming or kind of grunting.
I’m already on that program. It’s great advice though!Find something that you suck at (we all know our weak points), and practise it, loads. You'll never get another opportunity like this to play consistently without the pressure of performance or even band rehearsals.
+1 for esoteric exercises and thinkingI would just like to encourage you to make it a habit of always playing off of something in your mind. The melody, a bassline, a clave or vamp.... Just try to sing it out loud at first. Just like your drum teacher made you count out loud when you were a kid. I see singing and playing a continuation of counting. It establishes where you are at in the form and will give you a strong frame work from which you can improvise.