Key Stage 3 Learning Zone

    "Knockin on Heaven's Door"
 

     "Knockin on Heaven's Door"  was written by Bob Dylan in 1973 for the film "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid".  There have been many different versions of the song. Here's  the original:

       Bob Dylan  Film version

       The next most famous verion was by Eric Clapton. Clapton took a reggae approach:

       Eric Clapton version

      There's an Avril Lavine version

       Guns n Roses did a stadium rock version

      You need three chords for the song - G D and Am7 :

 

Here's a video showing you how to play each chord

                   

Chord Name G D Am7 C
Left Hand G D A C
Right Hand DGB DF#A CEG CEG

                                            

 

 

      in the drum part we are going to try a reggae style called "One drop" what happens is that the bass drum goes on beat 3, not one and three like usually.

Beat

1

2

3

4

Hi Hat

x      

     x

     x

      x

Snare

 

 

x

 

Bass drum

x

 

You can watch a more complicated one drop beat here

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