Well, I consider that educational. Any preference as far as Drum! over MD?In terms of learning about drums, drummers, and drumming, there's certainly educational value. We all want to keep learning and growing, right? But in terms of those magazines replacing or augmenting lessons, no, there's not much of that kind of content. But that was never their intent.
I kinda like the the adds in the drum mags. I want to know what's new from the drum companies. It's not like page-after-page of adds from the drug companies.I suscribe to both as I am a magazine junky. ESPN, Drum!, Modern Drummer, Mental Floss and Mens Health actually. Anyhow, they usually have some random sheet music, a breakdown of drum notation and all that. Nothing you couldn't find on the web, however. I do love the articles and they got some great pictures, but let's face it, and this is coming from a magazine nut, these monthly pieces of literature are nothing more than pages upon pages of advertisements.
Or, you could just continue playing and studying and save your money. Drum products, like photography products, have this tendency to re-invent themselves every few years. There's nothing really new to see anyway. And your job: playing good time, and grooving for the band, will never change. I always wondered why they call it Modern Drummer, when the actual job of playing drums is very oldDude I subscribe to Drum and I get so mad almost every month when I get a new issue. Almost every issue has Travis Barker on the front, I never learn anything from reading it. Every now and again they'll have a good article, but it's just so inconsistent that it's not worth it. If it's not too late get a subscription to MD or Drumhead or even Drummer is better!