Hi PDP drummer! & welcome to what is, @ least for ME, the most amazing journey of excitement, learning, a bit of frustration, self-fufillment, happiness, & rewarding that I’ve ever been on. For the past 21 years (in June), I’ve been doing this & will always continue as long as I’m physically able to.
So you have a kit (I’m guessing a DW/PDP?). I started out like you for my 1st year-self-taught, learning from books & VHS instructional videos (DVDs weren’t even a thought then). I had my kit & was progressing with some success. That was, however, until I found a great teacher & started lessons. Speaking for myself (the only person that I can speak for), that’s when things really started to take off. The books & videos taught me things like the rudiments, but my teacher taught me how to APPLY them in the proper ways! So, the 1st bit of advice that I can give you is to try finding a good teacher in your area. Also, things like instructional/educational DVDs help, as well as books…keep that up. Eventually you will develop influences in drumming, for instance Neil Peart was the primary reason that I picked up a pair of sticks in the 1st place. Then as time progressed, my teacher introduced me to other masters of our craft like Steve Smith, Copeland, Gadd, Bruford, Bozzio, Carey, Portnoy, Hilary Jones, etc. Mabye some of the druummers that you find yourself influenced by will have books &/or DVDs out. If they do, get them if it is @ all possible! Another thing that I found EXTREMELY helpful is starting subscriptions to drumming periodicals like “DRUM!” & others. The excercises, information, interviews, & everything else will expand your knowledge of the drumming world while keeping you updated on what’s happening & new recordings that should be checked out! Also, do NOT confine yourself to 1 genre. Try to listen, listen, listen! Listen to all of the different genres of music that you can get ahold of. All of the different styles of drumming will eventually help you find your own style & ‘home’, so to speak! I thought that I only wanted to play rock & rock-based drumming, but found jazz, Afro-Cuban, Latin, pop, metal, swing, & even some country (thanks, Paul Leim) to be exciting & fufilling to learn & play! I hope that I @ least scratched the surface in answering your question. I could go on & on, but you will find your own path if you decide to stick to the road of the drumming journey! Oh, & as Terry Bozzio once wrote in an instructional book, prepare to be frustrated once in a while…this is normal & to be quite honest, it means that you ARE progressing, you might not see it @ that exact time, but you will if you astick in there! I wish you the best of fortune w/ this endeavor & feel free to post anytime!