I'm a drumset player. I just finished a B.A. in Percussion Performance, marched 4 years of DCI drum & bugle corps, and am now working on a degree in jazz studies. As I've begun to play more and more jazz (I didn't play much in college), I realize I have more and more awesome ideas for what I'd like to play on any given tune. It's almost as if I can "hear" myself playing in my head along with the music my fellow musicians are playing. I often sing these ideas into my phone, and later I'm still surprised at how much I like what I come up with.
However, I feel like as soon as I pick up sticks to execute any ideas, they evaporate. There are many patterns that are so ingrained into my hands, I just end up combining these in uninteresting ways -- it's like I'm constrained from exploring the ideas in my head because my hands only want to play around with stuff they've done a million times before.
Obviously I've gained valuable skill from building up my current vocabulary, but does anyone have any tips for getting beyond the figures I know, and becoming capable of readily executing the ideas I have in my head?