ah ha moment for me was when i got a crappy kids drum kit from a mate when i stared playing he came round and immediatly turned the snare stand upside down as i had been restin the snare on the feet not the proper way up
When i realized when playing covers, you dont have to do EXACTLY what the original drummer does!!!!
I always wanted to achieve perfection when playing covers. Then i saw this drummer live playing dazed and confused and i was blown away. It was nothing like the original but it was just amazing. From that day onward i realized i could be more creative when playing covers....
The first gig when a chick took her top off & tossed it at me. Gotta love the drummer groupie (guess that dates me back to the 70's but hey.....it was quite a revelation). Now on topic, my first was laying down ghost notes. They can be da*n hard to grasp to some of us.
Ah... memories!! When i took away my left hand from the paradiddle and just observed the pattern of all rights. I just sped that up as fast as i could and then tried it with all lefts and did the same. Then i put them together for what was a wicked fast paradiddle roll. A-HA!!!!!!!
Technically: probably when I could utilize trad grip on my left hand as good as matched with my right and for some stuff even better, of course I'm still learning, technique is something where you can never get to the top, there's always something to improve on!
Musically it's the moment when I started getting into d'n'b, it opened my mind to all the music around and that situation changed the way I think in general, I became very open minded. If that wouldn't have happened I'd probably be a snob
My moment was when I realized that interlacing the moeller pumping/pullout triplet motion is incredibly easy; I just synchronized both hands doing the moeller for five minutes, and then displaced the left hand by one 16th note.
BAM!! AWESOMENESS, FROM JUST 2 MOTIONS!
man, just doing that feels so cool!
I'm quite proud of myself actually, because that was a week before I bought Jojo Mayer's DVD )
Back in the late 70's I was buying all of Billy Cobham's records. There was a rudiment of his that I couldn't play. One night IN A DREAM he came and showed me the rudiment. I started playing it the next day. I haven't used it on my videos, but it a FLAM TRIPLET played around the toms.