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John Bonham's drum groove from the Led Zeppelin 1970 hit, "Immigrant Song", released as a single from their third album, Led Zeppelin III.

The groove reminds of playing Single Paradiddles between the Kick and Snare drum; right hand part on the Kick, left hand on Snare. In fact, you could think of this groove as being broken Single Paradiddles, dropping the two of the left hand strokes on the Snare drum. The sixteenth-note in the parenthesis on the Snare is a ghost-stroke.

The Immigrant Song drum groove has a great rolling effect; repeating throughout the entire song, working with the guitar and bass riff. Get this groove down and you have 95% of the tune finished!

John Bonham - Immigrant Song

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