|Any of you guys ever taken lessons? I'm wondering if it would help at all...|
I took lessons in high school. I can say it helped me develop and grow as a drummer. But after a few years of it I got lazy, stopped practicing and at that point it did no good so I quit.
Really, it's how much time you put into it. I would think the best way to learn is to start with what you know and push yourself to do those grooves, fills, and riffs you hear on recordings, but don't know how to do yet. Isolate those parts you need work on and bring those to the lessons. You could probably take a few lessons a year and as long as you were productive during the lesson, you'd be learning and improving.
My bro and I both took lessons, but he took it farther and now he is teaching drum lessons. He constantly tells me about all the kids that come to the lessons and don't practice and they pretty much work on the same thing week after week. That's a waste of money.
And if nothing else, just try playing music with other people. All of the pros say that the best way to find out what you should work on, is to play music with other musicians, be it other drummers or a band.