Learn how to play this Classic Drum Beat from the song Black Dog by Led Zeppelin, performed by the great drummer John Bonham. This drum groove occurs during the chorus’ and can be heard for the first time in the song at 0:50.
“Black Dog” Free Video Drum Lesson
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“Black Dog” Famous Drum Beat Notation
Start Point: 0:50
Drummer: John Bonham
Artist: Led Zeppelin
It consists of five bars containing four counted beats each and one bar (first bar) containing two beats.
The main groove starts in the second bar where Bonham plays eighth notes on the bell of the Ride cymbal with his right hand throughout. His left hand plays all of the snare drum and high tom notes.
Use the right hand as a reference to help guide you with placing the left hand and bass drum in the correct places. These notes are either falling on or in between the right hand.
Notice that there is no bass drum played on beat 1 of bars 2 to 6. A strong bass drum note on the ‘a’ of beat 2 in each of these bars really gives this groove forward momentum.