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Old 12-27-2008, 12:21 AM
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Just like the title reads, Give me your 5 easiest Zeppelin songs that a seasoned beginner could learn in a few weeks or so.

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Old 12-27-2008, 12:36 AM
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Just like the title reads, Give me your 5 easiest Zeppelin songs that a seasoned beginner could learn in a few weeks or so.

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A "seasoned" beginner? I hope they tenderized you thoroughly, first.

I'd say:

- The Ocean
- When the Levee Breaks
- Black Country Woman
- Kashmir
- Four Sticks (played with two sticks)

Learning most Zep songs isn't a technical challenge but rather an exercise in making your drumming feel good. Bonzo could lay down an elementary groove (e.g. Kashmir) and put you into another state of mind.

The Ocean and Four Sticks might be the most challenging. Four Sticks is very easy once you get the two main patterns down and it's very repetitive. Don't concern yourself with the time signature...internalize the melody and play to that instead.
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Old 12-27-2008, 12:52 AM
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Immigrant song and Communication Breakdown are piss easy when you get it up to speed but you need to play it right. Bonham made rhythms that look simple on paper come alive, that's why he was so special.
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Old 12-27-2008, 12:57 AM
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I would add "In the evening" from the album "In through the outdoor".
Very easy and good grooving for over 6 minutes.
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Old 12-27-2008, 01:06 AM
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Communication Breakdown, Good Times Bad Times, Immigrant Song, Kashmir and Whole Lotta Love are essential. I would say that Good Times Bad Times is the best if you use a single pedal. Thats how I got good at heel toe!
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An example to play Led Zeppelin songs: 16th notes triplets, good foot work.

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Old 12-27-2008, 06:14 AM
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An example to play Led Zeppelin songs: 16th notes triplets, good foot work.

Vinny Appice: http://www.drummerworld.com/Videos/v...etriplets.html
ive alwyas looooved playing those triplets.
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Old 12-27-2008, 11:50 AM
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Zeppelin isn't too hard technically, but the feel is the hard part.

The Immigrant Song.
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Old 12-28-2008, 02:57 AM
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~ Dazed and Confused.
~ Ramble On.
~ Immigrant Song, Celebration Day.
~ The Ocean.
~ Sick Again.
+ Achilles Last Stand.
+ We're Gonna Groove.

The easiest, hardest, to learn to play who knows? but the feeling and strength are amazing!.
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Old 12-28-2008, 02:39 PM
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Communication Breakdown and Heartbreaker are my reccomendations.
It's great that your starting out with quite possibly the greatest rock drummer of all time, you will learn so much about creativity and style. Sure, it will take patience an commitment to learn but at the end of the day it's worth it.
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+ Achilles Last Stand.
+ We're Gonna Groove.
Achilles easy to play? Man, I can't wait to get to that point in my ability someday.

My vote for easiest?

Since I've Been Loving You
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Bron-Y-Aur Stomp.
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Old 12-28-2008, 07:13 PM
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Achilles easy to play? Man, I can't wait to get to that point in my ability someday.

My vote for easiest?

Since I've Been Loving You
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Achilles Last Stand is very easy. It's all about endurance
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:35 AM
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Over the Hills and Far Away, Rock n' Roll, Gallow's Pole, D'yer Maker, In the Light
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Led Zeppelin was the first band i started covering w/ my teacher. The first Five i did were in this order...

D'yer Marker
What is and What should Never Be
The Ocean
Heartbreaker
Black Dog or Misty Mountain Hop. (cant remember which of those two because it was about 10 years ago a little after i started playing.)


Those may not be necassarily the easiest, but they were the order i did them in. My teacher is really good at what he does and i definitley trust his judgement.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:06 PM
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I pretty much agree with Class A Drummer. As far as blanket statements about Bonham being fairly easy to play, I totally disagree. If you have a good stereo system, listen closely to his kick drum. He can roll triplets on that thing when most drummers would lay down a quarter or a double, and they are very subtle and hard to detect on most sound systems. So there are alot of drummers thinking they are playing him note for note who are actually not. But you can still as a novice drummer play along to most Zep songs with quarter bass beats, even though Bonzo maybe dribbling his kick drum like a basketball.
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Old 12-29-2008, 10:09 PM
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He can roll triplets on that thing when most drummers would lay down a quarter or a double, and they are very subtle and hard to detect on most sound systems. So there are alot of drummers thinking they are playing him note for note who are actually not. But you can still as a novice drummer play along to most Zep songs with quarter bass beats, even though Bonzo maybe dribbling his kick drum like a basketball.

So true, So many think they are playing it correctly when they are not. Then they give you the ol' "well I added my own flavor to it because I don't want to be a clone" LOL Yeah right!


Class "A" I like your list as that seem about right, with Bron-Y-aur stomp and since I been loving you. I tried to learn Thank you last week as that is me and the wife's song but my timing is a little off and one of the fills he does is just a little too fast for me at this point. Sure I could get by but it is not exact like I want it to be.
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:18 AM
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I was also surprised to see The Immigrant Song show up on this thread. My ears may not be hearing him right on this, but it sounds like he's playing his kick and snare note for note with John Paul Jones on that song. If so, that's five kick beats per measure, with the first, fourth and fifth being syncopated. That's a hard song to play for alot of intermediate drummers without strong right shin and calf muscles, especially at the pace Zeppelin does it at.
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:45 PM
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I was also surprised to see The Immigrant Song show up on this thread. My ears may not be hearing him right on this, but it sounds like he's playing his kick and snare note for note with John Paul Jones on that song. If so, that's five kick beats per measure, with the first, fourth and fifth being syncopated. That's a hard song to play for alot of intermediate drummers without strong right shin and calf muscles, especially at the pace Zeppelin does it at.

Yeah I saw that and thought either you are not playing it correctly or you have been playing so long that you forgot how hard it is for a beginner/Intermediate.

I am pretty sure he is playing 8 BD hits per measure on that song, which is insane, especially at the speed they do it at.
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Yeah I saw that and thought either you are not playing it correctly or you have been playing so long that you forgot how hard it is for a beginner/Intermediate.

I am pretty sure he is playing 8 BD hits per measure on that song, which is insane, especially at the speed they do it at.
You are correct. And my non sheet music reading brain was actually splitting a full measure in half, thinking there were 5 BD hits per half measure (looking at the transcription in Traps Magazine, proves you are correct, however). Either way, it is insane at the speed Zep plays that song at. But Bonzo was insane, what can we expect, lol?
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:33 AM
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Funny that nobody's mentioned Livin' Lovin' Maid (She's Just a Woman). That's the one I hammered on for a few weeks, it's very straightforward and a lot of fun.
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The top 2 tunes are:

Going to California & Bron-yr-aur

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No, they're really hard! How many people can sit there behind the drums for 4 minutes and not hit anything?
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No, they're really hard! How many people can sit there behind the drums for 4 minutes and not hit anything?
So true I wondered if anybody would notice LOL.

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In no particular order:

1. When the levy breaks.
2. Kashmir
3. Since I've been loving you
4. All of my love
5. I'm gonna crawl
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Not going to rehash the songs already mentioned but I will say "Rock-n-Roll" is probably the easiest song to play. Although the seasoned beginner may have trouble with that little solo at the end. "Dazed and confused" is easy also if you like playing the blues.
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:37 AM
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- When the Levee Breaks is a good slow song,careful with the bass notes.....the Immigrant song is good too,i think its played at 112 with a double time feel.There is a how to on this site with sound,just play it slower until you can fit the bass in.
Unless you know how to play,i wouldn't try rock'n roll or good times bad times...both are harder then a lot of people think.
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I was also surprised to see The Immigrant Song show up on this thread. My ears may not be hearing him right on this, but it sounds like he's playing his kick and snare note for note with John Paul Jones on that song. If so, that's five kick beats per measure, with the first, fourth and fifth being syncopated. That's a hard song to play for alot of intermediate drummers without strong right shin and calf muscles, especially at the pace Zeppelin does it at.
I cant believe i forgot this one.

Actually i would have to say that its by far the easiest Zeppelin song i know of when it comes to drums. I guess for the novice drummer the beat is not that easy, but if a begginner would just sit down and learn that one beat, then they know the song. 99% of that song is that one beat.
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I cant believe i forgot this one.

Actually i would have to say that its by far the easiest Zeppelin song i know of when it comes to drums. I guess for the novice drummer the beat is not that easy, but if a begginner would just sit down and learn that one beat, then they know the song. 99% of that song is that one beat.
I would have to disagree, that is if you are playing it according to transcription:

http://www.drummagazine.com/images/b...am-traps07.pdf

See page 48

There's 6 syncopated bass drum beats per measure. I am teaching my stepson to play right now, and he's having to really work on syncs as do most beginning drummers. I have him up to a good pace, but he still can't play the Immigrant Song at the pace Zep does it at. I would categorize it more as an intermediate or advanced beginner song only because of the syncopations. I even think Stairway or Levee would be easier for a beginner than this song.
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http://www.drummerworld.com/Drumclin...andbonham.html

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Geeze. I like Zep, but haven't ever really played any.

I'd say Kashmir sounds easy and Communication Breakdown.

Oh yea, Fool in the Rain is REALLY easy. j/k...Fool in the Rain sound ass hard to me.
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I was surprised to see Good Times, Bad Times on here, cause not many people can do the triplets that Bonzo does on the bass drum. I can't really say what the easiest song for me is, because I haven't tried that many songs surprisingly. But you would think that the Immigrant Song would be easy, but if I tried it, I would be like, woah! That's harder then it sounds! I'm not sure though. I haven't tried it yet.
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So true I wondered if anybody would notice LOL.

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Easiest, from what I can remember that is...
1. Houses of the Holy (the song not the album)
2. Since I've Been Loving You
3. In the Evening
4. Hot Dog
5. Kashmir (my very first introduction into independence ...the double kick under the quarter note hi-hats was a real bugger when I was first learning) But after that the song was pretty much a breeeeeze.

Hardest.
1. Achille's Last Stand (fun as heck though)
2. Fool In The Rain (how many tracks are there in the middle section anyway?)
3. Moby Dick (Only because I never bothered)
4. Rock and Roll (not THAT hard, but you just CAN'T sound like Bonham playing that)
5. Good Times Bad Times ( I don't know why that's on anyone's easy list, I've seen so many guys blow it big time)
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The top 2 tunes are:

Going to California & Bron-yr-aur

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let me add three more to make it five:

That's The Way
Friends
The Battle Of Evermore

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The rest aren't easy...try playing Rock & Roll the "right way". I've met so many drummers play it soooo wrong. Tip: watch the LED ZEPPELIN DVD with the Knebworth '79 footage...that's how it's done.
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I'd add Stairway to Heaven to that list. Good song to develop timing skills.

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Moby Dick! It's always a fun one
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Easy to play by Mr.Bonham, for sure!!! He was thunder, energy and passion. I love his lightning fast-triplets.

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