Check out this kick and snare groove by Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham on “Poor Tom.” Musicians Institute drum program director Stewart Jean breaks it down and highlights the New Orleans feel in this beat. Can you hear the tubas? The brass band on top of this groove? In addition to being fun to play, this groove can really help your technique.


  • Pay attention to the driving bass drum and make sure it doesn’t push — really sit on it
  • Keep the snare nice and even save for the called for accents

Lesson: ‘Hey Pocky Way’ New Orleans Second Line Beat

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Check out our FREE DOWNLOAD of “Bonham: Like Father Like Son.” In this father and son interview we asked John and Jason Bonham the same exact set of questions, only twenty years apart.