Learn to play Good Times, Bad Times by Led Zeppelin on Drums
Follow our step by step breakdown of Good Times, Bad Times to listen to every part and learn how to play it yourself. Want to take your skills even further? Download the Melodics app where you can access hundreds of lessons, track every hit and measure your improvement.
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Led Zeppelin, one of the pioneering bands in hard rock and heavy metal, features John Bonham as their legendary drummer. "Good Times, Bad Times" is one of their early hits and a perfect example of Bonham's powerful and innovative drumming style. His groundbreaking techniques and powerful drum sound have influenced generations of rock drummers.
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Intro into Good Times, Bad Times
Start by playing hits with the guitar and bass on the snare, low tom, and kick. After 5 repeats, play a fill moving from snare to hi and low tom. Remember to swing your notes!
Learn the Verse
The verse comprises a two bar repeating groove. Watch for the quick double backbeat snares played on beats 2-e and 4-e, and use your left hand to move from the hi to low toms in the second bar.
Unleash Rock Mode with Chorus #1
Move to the crash for the chorus. On beat 2-a, play a kick in the first bar, and a snare in the second, and repeat again, finishing with the fill from the intro.
Good Times in the Solo Section
Continue the two bar chorus groove throughout this solo section.
Exploring the Final Chorus and Outro with Led Zeppelin
This last chorus is the same as the previous one: play four bars of the groove, followed by the intro fill. Then return to the verse groove from before.
Drum like Bonham in the Outro (pt. 2)
Vary up the verse pattern for the outro here, moving the 1/16 note double backbeats from the snare to the hi and low toms. Continue the verse pattern three more times, and finish on the fill and a crash.
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- Led Zeppelin's Good Times, Bad Times is a great song to play for intermediate and advanced drummers to play. Download Melodics to break down the song and play other lessons and songs for all skill levels.
- Precision and power during the fast and energetic drum fills and rolls, strong sense of timing and ability to lock in with the changing rhythms and tempos, skill in playing dynamic patterns that match the song's bluesy and rock 'n' roll style.
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- A major
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