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Great Lesson on The Famous Drum Part For 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover

I’ve just discovered Terry Keating, a guy with unlimited energy when it comes to giving drum lessons or talking about drums and cymbals. His Youtube channel,, with Led Zeppelin related lessons is an amazing resource for people wanting to learn about John Bonham’s drumming.

In addition to the Zep stuff, there are several brilliant videos discussing drums, cymbals and even an introduction to drumming for beginners. Infact, if you wanted to find out if you are a true, died-in-the-wool drum obsessive, watch one of Terry’s 45 minute videos on cymbals and when it gets to the end, if you find yourself looking to cue up another one of his talks, you’re one of us.

Mr Keating has recently created a new channel for non-Zep stuff and one of the videos is a very followable guide to Steve Gadd’s drum part on the verse of 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover by Paul Simon. This is a groove every drummer should know how to play. When I found this video, I took the opportunity to learn it myself.

Before we watch Terry’s video, let’s watch Mr Gadd himself demonstrate:

Our Steve seems very, ummmmm, relaxed, in this video. The lesson that follows is played alot heavier. I would recommend trying to soften up and try to emulate Gadd’s feel and dynamics once you’ve learned the part.