Ha! I'm in my forties, and I've been drumming about thirty-six years now. My first teacher, with whom I studied for five years, was a professional studio drummer. He had a rudiments-first outlook. I still thank him for it. It gave me discipline I might not have acquired otherwise.One thing I will say about your start in drumming. I don't know how old you were but I would have thrown out the practice pad first and the instructor next. I'm sure you are a great drummer good luck.