Seen plenty of drummers who can't read of know what a paradidle is, but can groove the socks off any bass player. Plenty that can read, play drum solos blindfolded, but can't keep time. Seen ones that are brilliant but can't get work because of attitude or no business sense etc, etc, etc. no one is perfect, where is the line that says you can "cut it"?
With a lack of tutors in my part of the world, no parental support in my youth, or money to travel and have good gear, iv'e managed to get by i think quite nicely by being self taught. Sure i may have been a more polished and technical drummer with some help and opportunity, but it hasn't been that big a deal, never lost a gig in 27 years because i couldn't lay down a drum beat or groove. At the end of the day i have had a lot of fun playing drums and provided entertainment pleasure to punters from all walks of life, i think if anyone can do that, surely they have - cut it.
Certainly if you have the opportunity to get a tutor by all means go for it, learn as much as you can, a mentor can surely take away some of the struggle by teaching things the right way first off, but then there are no written rules.
It's only in the last few years i have been getting into the host of instructional material that has become available from around the world via the internet, and sites like this where drummers can trade thoughts, tips etc. No question these have helped my playing a lot. A good balance needed i think with drumming, some tutoring, some reading, plenty of listening to all sorts of music, and plenty of playing live, it should be fun no matter what level of playing or ability level you have self taught or not.
Last edited by mouse; 02-25-2007 at 05:01 AM..