This is the most powerful advice that helped me become a solid drummer:
1. Practice fundamentals. There are 40-44 drum rudiments that you need to practice to be good. Get a practice pad and sticks, this is the practice you can do anywhere, and should be doing as much as possible. https://vicfirth.zildjian.com/education/40-essential-rudiments.html
2. COUNT, and learn to read sheet music. From the get go.
Sheet music can be a pain, and counting can be a pain when you first start out, but developing good habbits early will save you time re-learning down the line. I played my drumset for like 4 years before I actually re-learned good habbits. I could have saved myself a massive headache by not listening to my ego, "I can play it without counting" is a fools quest.
3. Disciplined practice.
Small tips would be make sure you're using a proper grip, there are a few to practice with, and proper posture when playing.
Worry about specializing your sound once you master a few modes. Some people put themselves into boxes, "I'm a metal drummer, I only need to practice blast beats" is a mistake. Drum lessons online are plentiful, and you can absolutely focus on improving almost any single element of your playing, should you know where to look, and who to study.
A lot of speed on the drumset is just mastery and application of rudiment, I find a large overlap between metal drummers and blues drummers in terms of raw skill.
Neal Peart was the greatest to ever do it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6fO_UYrLN4This post was edited by swmtrunks on Jan 23 2022 04:05am