Private VS Online Drum Lessons – What is better for learning drums?

August 18, 2023

In this article, I will talk about private drum lessons vs online drum lessons, the pros and cons of each, and which method is best for you.

Also, I will respond to some common questions regarding drum learning.

Here we go! 

What is the best way to learn the drums?


The best way to learn drums is through 1 on 1 private lessons.

The best alternative is group lessons

Finally, drum platforms such as Drumeo Edge, Mike’s Lessons, and Drum Channel.

Most drummers take lessons because the feedback you get from a drum teacher is crucial for your development process.

Why are private drum lessons the best method for learning drums?

  1. Instant feedback
  2. Focused only on you
  3. Force you to work

So why does not everybody learn drums in private?

Because often, 1 private lesson costs the same amount as a full month on a drum platform.

Yes, the cost of 1 on 1 lessons is their only downside.

Private VS Online Drum Lessons – Comparation

Here is a detailed overview of all the important things that differentiate between these two drum learning methods:

In person
1. Price
2. Approach
3. Time
4. Convenience
5. Relationships
6. Amount of material
7. Effectivness

1. Price

The price of both can vary. Drum platforms like Drumeo Edge, Mike’s lessons, or Drum Channel charge around $25 to $30 monthly. 

A private drum lesson can cost you the same amount for only one lesson plus the cost of getting yourself there.

2. Approach

So the approach is way different. Private lessons are the clear winner in terms of a few things:

Feedback – essential for gettings things right and fixing some issues technique-wise. There is no way you get “this is what is wrong” on online lessons. Of course, I mean on platforms, not 1 on 1 private lessons held online.

Focus – on you and all the things you are doing wrong. The right drum teacher will spot your weak spots and provide exercises to fix them. Sometimes you’ll learn a lot just by talking to your drum coach.

3. Time

Private lessons are more time-consuming since you have to get out of the house and go to a lesson.

However, the learning curve is much more progressive.

With online lessons, you can consume more material on short notice but this doesn’t guarantee faster progress.

4. Convenience

Oh, it can get better than watching online drum lessons, eating pizza, and drinking coke.


Is it the right way? Is it the best way?

I think not. 

Online drum lessons tend to boost our laziness. 

If you can use the convenience of not leaving your home and make the practice effective, cool.

If not, go to drum lessons in person.

5. Relationships

Drum teacher may fix you some gigs and get to know other students.

With online drum lessons, you can also make friends through their forums and private groups on drum platforms.

6. Amount of material

Now, the amount of material drum platforms have is way larger.

This doesn’t mean you will not be able to cover everything with your drum teacher. 

7. Effectiveness

Slowly, we got to the most important question, what is more effective, an online drum lesson or a drum lesson in person?

Short answer – private drum lesson  

Long answer – if you can use the amount of material drum platform like Drumeo has while really investing the time in practice and all that while saving the money, good. 

You can extract more knowledge, but still, there is one thing. 

Having a drum teacher means you’ll get answers right when you need them.

learn drums on your own

Is it hard to learn drums on your own?

Yes, same as anything you are doing for the first time and you have nobody to point you direction.

You can go to You Tube, it’s the ultimate free source.

However, videos on YT are not sorted in any manner. It will be hard to find step by step exercises.

So, you might learn it the wrong way.

The best alternative is the online learning platforms I mentioned above.

What’s the bottom line? 

YES, you can learn drums on your own but if you do it through YouTube, you will spend hours and hours and eventually miss some important steps

What is the best age to learn the drums?

The best age to learn drums is between the age of 10 and 15.


Well, you can start earlier, as many talented drummers do, but according to brainbalancenters average attention span of a 10-year-old child is 20-30 minutes.

That is good enough to start learning and have the right amount of concentration.

I had the opportunity to teach a 5-year-old with an attention span of 10-15 minutes; he can’t learn much. 

He wants to play with toys, not learn at that age.

Can you learn drums in 2 months?

Yes, after two months, you’ll be able to play a few basic rhythms and more than 10 rudiments. 

Not fast and not sounding good, but you will be able.

This is not a level where you join the band or pursue your career as a studio drummer but enough to get you started.

In 6 months, you can expect more progress but really, after 2 years is when things are starting to make sense.

Is 30 too late to learn drums?

No, it’s never too late. With the right focus, you can be one of the best drummers on the planet in less than 10 years.

You’ll be one of the best in your forties; what’s wrong with that.

private 1 on 1 drum lesson

Are online drum lessons worth it?

Online drum lessons on a platform such as Drumeo Edge cost around $29 a month. That equals the price of one private drum lesson. 

For that amount, you are getting 500+ hours of video material by drum legends.  

So, anything in person is better than anything online, that is for sure. However, could you take a 1 on 1 drum lesson with Dennis Chambers in person?

Probably not, out for various reasons.

It is a much better solution than free sources, such as YouTube, especially for beginners. Everything is sorted step-by-step, with plenty of courses covering all the essential steps for beginners.

Here’s an example. I recently went on and watched Thomas Lang’s video on developing endurance and wrist on drums.

I couldn’t find any lesson on how to build muscles and endurance on drums on YT.

Let’s say you are a beginner, you pay $30 to watch this single lesson, and you use it to build a stable foundation that will make your life easier and your drumming way better for years to come.

Let’s summarize.

Pros of drum lessons in persons are:

  • Approach
  • Effectiveness
  • Time

Almost all drummers went down this path at some point. A good drum teacher will shape your drumming, develop your sound, and troubleshoot your flaws.


  • Price
  • Convenience

Having a pro drummer by your side can get gets pricey. Also, it’s more time-consuming because you have to spend time going to your drum teacher.

Pros of online drum lessons:

  • Price
  • Convenience
  • Amount of material

It is cheaper to learn drums online through drum courses and platforms than to go on 1 on 1 lessons. You can do all that while not leaving your home, but please make it a good investment by dedicating time to practice.

The amount of material on some of these platforms is truly big. They can cover everything from technique, musicality, and independence to creativity, developing your sound and recording.


  • Focus
  • Feedback

Focus is not on you, which implies you can’t get answers to some questions you might have along the way.

Same for the feedback. You may get in touch with admins or people in the community, but the feedback may come (if it comes at all) in the form of comments. 

In live lessons, the teacher will take your hand and show you the adjustments you need to make right on the spot.

Now it’s your turn.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Denis Loncaric
Denis Loncaric

My name is Denis. I am a drummer, percussionist, music enthusiast, and blogger. Drums have been my passion for 15 years now. My idea is to write about the things I like and I am interested in. I want to share my drum passion with fellow musicians who walk, talk, and breathe drums.

1 Comment
  1. You made a good point that having a routine is essential when planning to learn how to play drums. I’d like to find private drum lessons someday because I’m thinking about being more active in expressing myself creatively. Being more musically inclined would be great for that.

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