Learning to play the drums is a long-term project. We must learn posture, grip, timing, reading, transcription, ear training, rudiments, beats, fills, repertoire, the list goes on. Oh, and develop endurance.
But sir, I just want to thrash to my favorite tunes?
So what do we do?
For beginners I suggest spending 70% of your time playing along with your favorite recordings. Thrash, bash, and scream out your joy.
Spend the other 30% on the technical side of drumming and your teacher's homework assignments. All your drumming heroes at some point in their drumming journey got down to business and spent that 30% thoughtfully and methodically learning the business side of playing the drums. As time went on, they worked out their own ratios.
Side note to parents and adult students. Technical progress is needed to maintain enthusiasm. Not unlike other human endeavors. The trick is not to kill the joy of movement that thrashing about gives, while making time to learn to how play the drums.
If I can help, call me.
David Story, drummer, pianist, qualified online music teacher