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Published on July 26th, 2018 | by Alan Cross


How to build a drum kit like Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham

When John Bonham appeared with Led Zeppelin, no one sounded like him. Hard-hitting, technically precise, inventive, and with that killer snare drum sound (credit Jimmy Page for figuring out how to use compression on it), drummers have been trying to copy his style for decades.

No one can sound exactly like Bonzo, of course, but it does help to have the right setup. Laughing Squid points us to this video.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One Response to How to build a drum kit like Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham

  1. Gary says:

    I wonder how close you can get to these sounds using electronic drum kits.

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