Help me and my sons (10, 7) learn to play the drums.
So we just scored an older Alesis DM-5 electronic drumset
that the local store was closing out at a silly price.
I've been playing music (guitars, keys) for decades and am pretty good at programming pop/rock drums, but I've never learned to play them physically. My kids can both read basic music and play various instruments at a very basic level.
My own aim is to improve my drum programming which has gotten a bit static, and I'd like the kids to be able to hold down enough of a beat to jam with their friends. If they decide to get serious about drums we'll deal with that later... right now it's about having a quick blast.
We're all pretty much self-starters and much more interested in banging out our own stuff than working through a bunch of covers, but I would really like some good basic texts that I can use to make sure no-one is developing stupidly bad habits. The kids would also appreciate some good, basic, fun beats -- they enjoy a challenge so long as there is a reward at the end of it.
Lessons are probably not going to happen unless they come from me as they are already in lessons for other instruments and life is too short.
However I'm really encouraged by how FUN they consider the drums and I'd really like to harness that while managing to inject some useful stuff into their heads.
Books/DVDs are probably the most helpful, but really any resources you can point us at (which aren't on the first couple of pages of Google results) would be really helpful.
For instance: what little I've read about the Moeller method made a whole lot of sense and the kids immediately felt how much easier it made the drums to play. Stuff like that, which can be used immediately, is really what I'm after. They were also really interested in some of the rudiments and enjoyed figuring out what a paraparadiddle was -- they're both pretty mathematical and all that stuff makes sense to them.
Anyway, any suggestions gratefully received.