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How do you count Black Dog by Led Zeppelin? Answered

Its just simple "one...two...three...four..." then "one...two...three...four...five...six", right? four/four then six/four time? thanks!? -John Smith(the instructables member) (trying out the new Ask thing)



2 months ago

Its one bar of 4/4 then one bar 5/4 with the band coming in in the last 3 16th notes of the 5/4 bar then goes into 4/4 , 5/4 , 4/4 , 5/8 sequence.


10 years ago

I hear it as 4/4 all the way through, with pick-up phrases and some syncopation that can mislead you about where the beats actually land. Tap your way through it, listening to the drum to stay on beat -- and don't worry overmuch about the fact that things get get loosey-goosey when the drum is absent; the vocal is sung relatively free and often starts a beat early, overlapping the previous instrumental response. The guitar and/or drum lick after each vocal line is what counts the rest of the band back in on the rhythm. (da)-Dum da DUM - (da)-Dum da DUM - (da)-Dum da DUM - DUM - DUM - HTH...

Théo Judeorksecurity

Answer 6 years ago

Hi, I'm a 18 and I play drums for 12 years. I'm French, so please forgive any spelling errors...
I hear it as (from beginning to 1'15, after the first chorus) :
2/4 x 4, 7/8, 9/8
2/4 x 4, 5/8, 9/8
2/4 x 4, 5/8, 2/4 x 10 then 2/4 x 7, 5/4.
It's the easiest way, but I think, like orksecurity,, that this song could be counted in 2/4 (or 4/4) all the way through.

martin gerup

9 years ago

I heard it several times now, and my ears are generally good. I work as a music teacher. The note sheets I've seen count the guitarphrase in on a 2/4 measure and places a 5/4 measure just before Robert Plant starts singing. But, but, but. Orksecurity is right about listening to the drums. If you listen carefully John Bonham (the drummer) gives a sign to the rest of the band in the end of the vocal phrases. I really don't know how to measure it, but it is definetely not 4/4 all through.