405 – [Daniel Glass Show]: 5 Things You Don’t Know About John Bonham, Pt. 2

Many consider John Bonham to be the greatest rock drummer of all time, but in our attempts to capture his magic in our own playing, we often overlook the elements that made Bonham’s drumming so “relatable.” In the second of a two-part series unlocking Bonham’s secrets, Daniel delves into the man’s instinctual ability to play melodically and connect with his audience, whether playing simple or complex parts.

What’s covered in this session:

  • A detailed analysis of John Bonham’s drumming style that includes examples from the following songs and more:
    • Good Times, Bad Times, Stairway to Heaven, The Ocean, Kashmir, Dazed and Confused, The Immigrant Song, The Song Remains the Same, All My Love, Bonzo’s Montreaux, Fool In the Rain, Ten Years Gone, Black Dog, In My Time of Dying, Southbound Suarez, D’yer Maker, Hot Dog, Carouselambra.
  • Why Bonham’s powerful, yet “simple” approach translated so clearly to music listeners.
  • The specific ways in which Bonham employed his kick, snare and hi hat to create such a relatable sound.
  • How Zeppelin often employed a “call and response” approach, leaving open spaces for Bonham to create innovative musical moments.
  • How Bonham locked in with guitarist Jimmy Page’s riffs (and vice versa) to create melodic grooves that cemented the Led Zeppelin sound and remain so memorable today.

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4 replies
  1. Kenneth Taylor
    Kenneth Taylor says:

    Really informative. At the time I was more into jazz drummers, Tony, Elvin, and that generation. And, for what ever reason, was not a big Led Zeppelin fan. So, this is a good way for me to catch up.

    • Daniel Glass
      Daniel Glass says:

      Excellent! Thanks for sharing your feedback, Kenneth. Glad you’re enjoying the podcast (and John Bonham).

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