Re: Who here can read music?
In my opinion, if you want to be a drummer in demand, who can play any style of music, then you really need to be able to read. If you aspire to be a studio or recording drummer, it is essential that you can sight read a chart.
Learning to read drum music takes time, but with practice you will get used to reading the various lines for each of your drum set components. As we all know, co-ordinated independence is what all good drummers need to achieve, so that both hands and both feet play smoothly and in time with each other. Therefore when learning to read drum music or charts, my suggestion would be to practice each component separately at first. For example, play the ride rhythm first by itself, then maybe add in your bass drum to keep steady time and then add your left hand on the snare and your hi-hat. If you separate all the parts and practice them in this manner, then after awhile you can bring them all together, to play the full drumset.