Hats off to the Drumming System (affiliate link). Their is an entire DVD dedicated to classic rock drumming! This style of music is an interesting subject because when it was invented, it wasn’t classic, it was new. What we consider classic rock is really older rock. You can listen to radio stations and hear bands such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Led Zeppelin, The Who, AC/DC, the Eagles, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, The Doors, and The Beatles. The list goes on and on.
As a drum teacher, I’ve had much success turning people on to this style of music who weren’t into it at first. The reality that my students eventually come to realize is that you need to understand older rock to understand contemporary rock. When a student of mine reaches a certain level in their playing, we begin working out of the Led Zeppelin Mothership – Drum Transcriptions Book (affiliate link).
As we get into John Bonham’s mind and learn songs note for note, I’ve witnessed some of the most dramatic progress in students. After finishing the Led Zeppelin Mothership – Drum Transcriptions Book (affiliate link), I never ever get a question from a student about any of the rock drummers of today. Interesting coincidence.
Call me biased, but I truly believe that John Bonham’s drumming style and sound is not only the foundation for much of today’s rock drumming, but today’s drumming as a whole, including hip hop.
The Drumming System (affiliate link) contains a variety of classic drum beats for a variety of levels.
- Beginner classic rock beats. Some of the greatest beats were really simple, but fit the music well.
- Intermediate classic rock beats. A lot of the beats are two bar patterns. The second bar is drastically different than the first bar. This was common with many classic rock bands.
- Advanced classic rock beats. These are beats taken from some famous classic rock songs. It’s fun to guess which beat goes with what song.
As with every style in drumming, listening is the most important aspect of learning it. In fact, I would suggest putting more time into listening with focused intention than practicing the rock beats of the past.