Difficulty LevelI’m visiting another classic Led Zeppelin song for this free video drum lesson and taking a look at three famous and popular drum fills in total. This time it’s the super “groovy” tune D’yer Mak’er, starring the ever great John Bonham on drums of course.

Bonham treats us all to some sublime and flowing drum fill work on this track, keeping things simple but throwing in the right amount of spice to also keep things exciting.

This free video drum lesson takes a look at three great drum fills, with the third drum lick definitely being the most popular…it’s certainly my favourite.


D’yer Mak’er” – Free Video Drum Lesson

View the video on YouTube HERE – Learn How To Play Drums D’yer Mak’er Video Drum Lesson (Led Zeppelin & John Bonham)


D’yer Mak’er” – Drum Fill (0:00 Album Version)

Dyer Maker Drum Fill Notation (Led Zeppelin & Bonham)

Bonham enters the song with this drum fill on the ‘a’ of beat 4 with four sixteenth notes on the snare drum. He then plays a single snare drum on the ‘+’ of beat 2 before playing the “Ruff” rudiment into the ‘+’ of beat 3 on the snare drum. This rudiment is played RRL with the first two right hand notes played quietly, this helps to create the same “feel” that Bonham had.

The drum fill ends with a line of sixteenth notes moving up and around the toms.


D’yer Mak’er” – Drum Fill (0:57 Album Version)

Dyer Maker Drum Fill Notation (Led Zeppelin & Bonham)

This drum fill is a beauty with a wonderfully simple line of syncopated sixteenth and eighth notes moving round the drums.

Note the sixteenth note rest on beat 3, the drums enter back in on the the ‘e’ of beat 3 with the left hand on the snare drum, before ending the fill in the same way as the intro fill.


D’yer Mak’er” – Drum Fill (2:54 Album Version)

Dyer Maker Drum Fill Notation (Led Zeppelin & Bonham)

This is definitely my favourite drum fill from the song, thanks mainly to the great hi-hat bark on the ‘e’ of beat 4 played with the left hand. A fun piece of drumming because it comes out of nowhere and adds another level of excitement to Bonham’s drum part.

Two more Ruff rudiments are played just before beat 1 and the ‘+’ of beat 2. Notice the hi-hat played with the foot on beat 2, this can be omitted if you like. I like to keep it in though as it definitely adds something to the drum lick.


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