On the Beaten Path: John Bonham, Part 1 of 2

December 4, 2009 1:38 am in Drumset by Rich Lackowski

Hi, I’m Rich Lackowski, author of the On the Beaten Path series of drum instruction books. In the On the Beaten Path series, I delve into several genres of music and explore the drummers that were most influential to the development of each of those genres. I think that when we take the time to study and appreciate our drumming forefathers, it makes us all better musicians. It’s quite inspiring! In this segment, I want to talk about one of the most influential drummers to ever play the instrument, John Bonham.

If one person can hold the title as the greatest, most influential, and most emulated rock drummer in history, it has to be John Bonham. Bonham has been cited as a major drumming influence by Chad Smith, Vinnie Paul, Danny Carey, Mike Portnoy, Neil Peart, Jon Fishman, and countless other drummers. Even non-drummers will often preach Bonham’s greatness as one of the greatest drummers to ever play rock & roll. So what makes Bonham so special? What makes his drumming stand the test of time and stand out from all the rest?

In this video, I discuss the three things that I think Bonham brought to the table that forever changed rock drumming.


I’m interested in hearing what you think about John Bonham’s drumming. What are the things that you notice when you hear Bonham play? Why do you think his drumming is so respected, and mimicked by so many?

Stay tuned for part 2 of this blog series where I’ll show you how to play a key drum beat that John Bonham made famous.

If you’d like to learn more about John Bonham and dozens of other legendary drummers, check out the On the Beaten Path series of drum instruction books.

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