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.
- Spotify playlist that includes all the songs featured in this episode.
- The video “What Makes John Bonham Such A Great Drummer?” spells out some of the points made in this episode in specific musical terms.
- Transcriptions for the following Bonham Grooves:
- Daniel Glass plays “Carouselambra” at the 2015 Bonzo Bash.