Yeah trying with your fingers is not quite the same. However, you're really playing so you sort of get the reward after you've finished.
The good thing about ezd is you shouldn't have to program. Just drag and drop the drum parts you want....fills and all. I'd much rather play with my fingers though.
The key with any finger drums or even a real v drums kit....is to have the sensitivity set correctly or you will fail every time. It's crucial. I had a recording student of mine create drums for his songs and he was quite good at it.
But it took forever and some of the beats, fills and little intricate parts just sounded funny. No matter what he did, or which module he used, something just wasn't right.
Drums being my first instrument, I thank God every day that I can play and don't go through the pains you guys that don't play or have a kit go through. But anyway...I played the stuff for real on my v drums kit and sent the midi file for him to dissect.
It was amazing how low some of the velocities were to make the stuff sound real. I would have NEVER thought to program anything that low. The little ghost notes and stuff....it just brought things to a new light. You'd have to be a drummer and then look at a file played by a drummer to totally get it.
But yeah, that midi controller should work for you. Just make sure it's touch sensitive and don't set the velocities to give you 127 hits at all times and you should be golden. Or, just invest in the drum midi packs where they have all the beats, fills and other stuff available via drag and drop. It takes seconds. Good luck!