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Good Times on the Bass Drum

Technique by Ryan Carver // May 02 2010
Good Times on the Bass Drum

This month I have been inspired by Led Zeppelin's "Good Times Bad Times." John Bonham's right foot on this song always blows me away every time. He plays a 1/16 note triplet lick as in example A.

John Bonham had such a smooth touch and great power in his foot. You hear every note he plays clean and clear. Practice example A to get used to the feel. Make sure you space the strokes evenly in the triplets. Try to count each as well. Then try the drum grooves that apply this lick in various ways. In the end of the song Bonham plays a two-measure beauty using this lick!




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Ryan Carver

Ryan Carver is a world-renowned educator with a private practice based out of Ocean County New Jersey, USA. Ryan is the owner of Carver Drums, providing drum repair and custom drums. Ryan can be seen performing with the Shores top bands 4-5 nights a week! Ryan proudly endorses Beatnick Rhythm Analyzer from Onboard research and Carver Drums custom snare drums. Ryan is a member of Vic Firth Education Team, The Hudson T.I.P. program and The Percussive Arts Society. Visit Ryan online at www.carverdrums.com.

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