I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but...
I have experience with playing wind and string instruments but I've always wanted to learn drums. They aren't very similar, I know, so I was wondering if learning drums would still be very difficult despite my musical experience? Any tips for learning? I do have access to drums through my school band.
in addition to what others have said, play to a metronome. get used to putting awkward rhythms to a steady tempo -- one who has had a lot of experience with music might think they already know how to do this, but i was one of those people and i can tell you it feels completely different on the drums. its easy to develop the nasty habit of speeding up certain parts, but if you want to be a drummer you ARE the tempo and the number one most important thing to know how to do is to stay. in. time. no matter what. it sounds easy but when you're playing something that requires a lot of multitasking, and your mind is focused that much on what
you're playing, an inexperienced drummer can lose sight of how
they're playing, and its easy to automatically revert to whatever tempo/volume is most comfortable to you rather than what fits the song.
i played piano for 10 years and guitar for 8 before trying to pick up a drum set. it is seriously a lot harder than it looks. with wind instruments you are coordinating your breath and fingers on the same rhythm, with string instruments its the same except you coordinate one arm's movements with the other fingers. with drums every limb is on a different schedule and that messes with everything you think you know about rhythm. there's also more focus on accents -- alternating between hard and soft hits, at different timing between your left and right hands, makes it even harder to multitask because you'll want to hit hard with hard and soft with soft, and sometimes (well, usually) they don't match up like that in a drumbeat. learning a drumset is a very studious practice, you really do need to be comfortable playing with good technique before getting into the challenging stuff, to avoid developing bad habits that will only be harder to change later.