I saw an old thread here that caught my eye and wonder how many people are self-taught vs having had formal instruction.
I came to the drums at 5 or 6 years old because there was a drum kit in the garage (a cheapo from the Sears catalog, if I remember right) left from an older brother had lost interest. I saw Buddy Rich on the Tonight Show and became obsessed with the drums. I basically learned by listening and trying to play along with songs on the radio because Buddy was so far beyond my comprehension! It wasn't until middle school marching band that I had any kind of formal instruction. Later in college, as part of a music degree, I studied with a percussion professor.
So, I was self taught from a young age, with some formal instruction coming later. How did you learn?