So after a year of finally deliberating and circumventing the issue, I'm going to learn how to play the drums formally (i.e. with a teacher). I think I'm going to stick with a guy in the area that I found on a flyer, unless he doesn't get back to me. I have another option as well that isn't much more expensive.
I've started looking at some videos from FreeDrumLessons.net regarding counting, sheet music and proper basic technique so that I have something to keep in mind before I begin. I'm going to get a practice pad as well as some drumsticks. (I'll probably start with 5a maple sticks with a wood tip, since it's been said that 5a sticks are better for rock drumming.)
While I can't afford the price for a full kit right now, I'd rather stay away from owning one because:
- I'm unsure if this is just a temporary fixation or a revival of my strong desire to learn music. I tried learning the clarinet several years ago, but had to stop because of moving and our family's financial conditions at the time, (At least my sister can play the viola well!)
- Having a kit can tempt me to learn faster than I should, and can probably mess up my development overall, and
- There's really no way that I can practice with my grandma living below me practically all of the time (she really can't move anywhere) and the neighbors upstairs.
Finally, I'm not expecting to learn quickly or become a great drummer in a few months. I just want to learn the right way, whether that takes a few weeks or a few years (if I decide to go on that long). I don't have any immediate goals with this; I just really love the idea of drumming. It'd probably be nice to join a band or be a freelance somewhere down the road, but I'm not looking to do that so soon. I have enough to sate my interests for now!
I know that there are a bunch of musicians on here (Serendipper and pgoat, I'm calling y'all out), so I'm asking for advice. What should be my primary concerns before really hitting this (no pun intended)? What should I look for, and what should I avoid? What are some common mistakes that beginners make or mistakenly assume while they're learning?