Hi Anon. You may not have been a better player with lessons, but you would have been a different player than you are now. Weather you want to be a different player is a moot point.Had a few lessons when I was young and then tried again in middle age but discipline is not my forte. I'd be a better player today if I'd taken lessons, but them's the breaks.
My teachers were the players I watched play live and on TV, the records I bought, drum magazines, interviews, and three books - The Rudiments of Music, The Complete Book of Modern Drumming and Max on Swing.
I would have more facility, Mik - and facility is the brick wall that I run into all the time. On the plus side, it keeps me tasteful by not getting too carried away but I don't have anywhere near the variety and scope that I'd like (as MJ said, "to apply it to whatever was needed and more importantly to my own musical ideas"). Unfortunately, I'm too ADD to undergo the level of training needed to undo my hardwired inefficient grip and stroke, so que sera sera.Hi Anon. You may not have been a better player with lessons, but you would have been a different player than you are now. Weather you want to be a different player is a moot point.
In today's pop and rock there is more emphasis of "professionalism" (a concept I've never cared for) and "perfection" (ie. lined up on a grid). (Now that I've said that there'll be a grunge revival in two years).
My dad taught me my first beat, but I used my iPod and YouTube for the rest I had a drum-off with my friend who had lessons for two years, and even he admitted I'm better than him.Self-taught for a few years. Went to college and had to unlearn what I learned. Learned how to continue to teach myself in an efficient and productive manner. Started playing for a living and learned how to really dig in and learn on the fly.
...on a side note, when you say "home trained" or "home taught", that implies 2 people are present during the learning process. Were you taught or trained by a parent?
Nicely put, NewT. If the next garage revival has anything to do with the old psychedelic rock I'd be tempted to throw in my lounge band, buy a new kit and jump into playing regularly!There always is. Stuff gets too clean and someone will step in and mix it up. Seems to be about every decade or two.
Mid/ late 60's, late 70's/early 80's, Late 80's/early 90's.....we are over due.