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Basic Rock Beats You Should Know--A Beginner Drum Lesson

Hey there, fellow drummers. In previous articles I've looked at two of the greatest drummers to ever hit ‘em: Bernard Purdie and John Bonham. We took a look at some of their grooves and what made them each so popular. They're great grooves, but maybe you're feeling a little overwhelmed? If so, this article is for you. What I'm about to present is a group of what I would call Basic Rock Beats, as well as a how-to for practice ideas and methods. In case you're wondering, I'm certain both Bonham and Purdie started with these grooves.

Breaking down the Purdie Shuffle--My Favorite Groove

Quick, name the most prolific drummer in the history of recorded music. Still thinking? If your answer was anyone other than Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (come on honest), I have unfortunate news for you--it's Bernard Purdie. Ok, now that we've established that, it's time to put your thinking cap back on. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Bernard Purdie?

3 Classic John Bonham Beats You Must Know

When it comes to the vast world of rock, there have been many great drummers, and there will be several more to come. But there is one name that consistently comes up during the ongoing debate of who is the "best" rock drummer ever: John Henry Bonham. I'll admit it -- I didn't listen to much Led Zeppelin growing up, and I still don't listen to them all that often. But it only takes one Zep hit to instantly know when it's Bonham you're hearing.

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