Generally speaking, while I do advocate "the basics," I find that they are not the end all be all of learning magical practice.
Far more practical is discovering how the basics fit into everything. From there, you will find that you are always learning.
Explore a tradition, maybe three. See what each of them teaches, learn of the culture that it comes from, and discover where it originates. Follow the roots of magic and learn all about your magical path.
This will teach you the basics and more.