Here are my thoughts for quickly acquiring drum chops.
1. Learn and memorize tunes by ear.
2. Join a band and play as much as possible.
3. Transcribe like crazy.
4. Record everything you do.
5. Learn more tunes.
6. Technique with a metronome. Various tempi.
6b. Get your snare drum rudiments together.
7. Play transcriptions in the idioms of your choosing.
8. Keep up your lessons.
9. Join a second band that plays only original music.
10. Write some original music.
Bonus. Read and explore the history of your chosen idioms ASAP.
Timeline: 5 to 10 years.
I notice improvement in my playing every one hundred hours of practice or so. I've been working at it for 12 years.
If I can help you call me.
#Junction percussion Teacher Toronto
David Story, drummer, pianist, qualified online music teacher