I’m having a lot of trouble... separating (?) my right arm from my right leg. i.e. I am really struggling to separate my hi hat and kick drum. Anyone have any advice or drills you have or still to use to help with this?
Wow. Didn't know that Dennis Chambers couldn't read music. I know it's a sidenote, but I'm a bit blown away by that.In my opinion, all depends on your targets in life..
If you want to just be able to play a simple beat and stay like that your whole life, there is no need at all to learn to read..
But, like has been said before, if you really want to understand rhythmical concepts and therefore really grow as a player, reading is a must..
Also to this rule are exeptions btw, since for example Dennis Chambers also can not read music (this as a sidenote)..
Another advantage is, that once you can read all of a sudden you have access to a never ending source of information (books, etc)..