Difficulty LevelTime for some new lick and fill ideas. Lets look at a classic! The Bonham Triplets is a cool drum lick first made famous by the great John Bonham. It’s a basic pattern but this is what makes it so great and easy to play super fast.


The Basic Pattern

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Here are the three most common variations on the Bonham Triplets. Either playing the bass drum at the end, beginning or in the middle.

Bars 1 an 2 are by the most common way this lick is played as it’s the easiest to perform. Bar is still a great lick though and I will often throw it into my playing for some fun and frolics!

Try to practice these variations so that all three notes flow into each other. All three notes have to be played smoothly so that when it’s sped up it sounds uber sweet!

I like to use Bar 1 the most as I find it easier to start the pattern with my hands. There is something mentally harder about starting a pattern with the bass drum foot that I seem to be affected by as well as most drummers I teach.


Drum Fill Idea

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Here’s a cool way the basic pattern can be used through sixteenth note triplets. Note the snare drum that purposefully lands on beat 4 of the bar maintaining a strong back beat throughout the fill itself.

I have written a brand new lesson on this lick so why not read the rest of this article by clicking “Bonham Triplets” – Drum Fill & Lick Ideas

The lesson gives many more variations and ideas for this classic fill/solo pattern so check it now.

Have fun!


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