To pull out the different flavors, many will do the 1:1 ratio you mentioned, which keeps the alcohol from getting in the way.
When I first started gaining an interest I went on YouTube and watched a few videos of "experts" telling how to drink it properly. I know Ralfy has one, highland park and a few others. Ultimately I ended up taking a few cues from each to build the process I now have for enjoying whisky neat.
To each his own and I am sure you will pick up a style and process you enjoy with time. Until then, there is no harm in a 1:1 ratio to help develop your pallet.
From one relative noob to another