drummers: how do you learn songs? Do you listen or look at tabs?

#1
Just wondering because I have a friend who is a good drummer and I want him to learn a few songs. Do you just listen to it and know it or what? Thanks.
#2
My old band's drummer would listen to something once and could play it all the way through.
He was probably some kind of anomaly, I think your answer is really dependent on the person. I have only met one drummer who can read drum tabs, since they require the ability to read rhythm.
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The drummer in my band learns by listening mostly, but for more complicated songs he says there's usually drum lessons specific to the song on youtube.
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Do you think a band like the Smashing Pumpkins can be learned by listening?

Sure. Why not?
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Do you think a band like the Smashing Pumpkins can be learned by listening?


Yes. And it's really only important to learn the song structure and the more memorable fills/accents.
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Do you think a band like the Smashing Pumpkins can be learned by listening?


Yeah. The drums aren't particularly technical on that song or anything. I think it's a lot easier to learn drum parts by ear rather than other music, simply because of the fact that it's a lot more obvious which drum is playing on a recording than what note a guitar is playing, for example. You can differentiate a snare from a kick drum far more obviously than a 4th from a 5th.
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