Beware of internet drum tuition promising unrealistic progress, in the last 2 years I have subscribed to more than one very high profile web tuition system spending several hundred dollars in the process, only to find them very sub-par and even dangerously demoralising in a sense that I thought there was something wrong with me anatomically coz I just couldn’t progress at their stated rates.
I’ve hung in there and 2 years down the track I’m now seeing small signs of improvement in my moeller technique, basic rudiments, weak hand, footwork and timing. I practise every day and if it wasn’t for the fact that the drums stir me up emotionally I would have given up after the first 12 months because I just could not make anything like the progress some of these web based bullshit artists promised, at one stage I got quite depressed about it thinking maybe I had just left it too late, I’m 50yrs old.
I love the drums and was always drawn to them as a kid and can play basic rock grooves having played as a self taught drummer in a rock band when I was 15 but to do it properly is very different. I’m a helicopter pilot/instructor by day and i can tell you it is easier to learn to fly a helicopter than it is to learn to play the drums correctly so be careful who you give your money to especially if they promise bullshit things like awesome heel-toe technique after just 2 weeks! Quote/Unquote!!
I’m now taking lessons one on one and it’s painfully hard and often mind numbingly boring but now at least I’m seeing some signs of progress so my practise has an element of excitement about again.