Starting with a qualified teacher to learn your basics is critical. It involves the standard Drum Rudiments, Essential Counting Patterns, Scales, and Ear Training. As you gradually learn these skills playing drums and percussion instruments becomes easier, more fun and your group opportunities multiply.
Learning to play drums and percussion is like learning a language. Learning to read, write and how the language sounds is basic to almost all people. As a student learns to read and write drum and percussion music it is important to shape what they read and listen to all types of music to shape the notes by matching what has been done by great players in the past. This takes time and patience. With steady consistent practice students can overcome their limitations and become great musicians.