Okay so I finally crossed the threshold today where I don't have to think about what I'm doing and I can just play. Still not tearing up expert or anything, doing this on medium and hard, but there is certainly a clear difference in my abilities.
Here's my problems.
Leg cramps. No matter how I position the pedal, after a while my ankle and hip begin to ache pretty bad. The pain stops soon after I rest, but it doesn't feel the least bit natural. I'm pretty sure this isn't one of those "play through the pain and you'll get used to it" deals. I think my technique must be all wrong.
On a related subject, the kit skates all over the floor while playing. I have to repeatedly move it back towards me because it tries to run.
I could always put something heavy on the floor to prevent the kit from walking, but what can I do about the first issue, where my leg feels painful after playing for a short time?