How to play 'When the Levee Breaks' on Drums

This lesson tackles how to play this famous John Bonham drum beat for the classic Led Zeppelin song from the Led Zeppelin Four album in 1971.

We are not tackling the beat as it was actually played on the record because that made use of a big stairwell for natural reverb as well as an echo effect. We can't do that so we need to modify the beat a little to create the right effect.

And that's what we're doing here. We are learning a modified version so it sounds closer to the album recording.

If you want to learn the song as it was actually played on the album you can access the full drum transcription here.

But for now in this lesson let's get started learning a version of the beat that makes you sound like the thunderous beast that was John Bonham!


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    When the Levee Breaks

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